Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the leaders and parents of Boy Scout Troop 64, this Sellwood-Westmoreland club continues to produce Eagle Scouts, the highest rank possible in the organization.
"This evening we're holding an Eagle Court of Honor," announced Troop 64 Scoutmaster Tom Armstrong on Monday evening, May 22, at the Troop's regular meeting place, Moreland Presbyterian Church.
"Tonight, two young men, who have been in Scouts since first grade, are to be acknowledged for earning the rank of Eagle Scout, which is a very impressive accomplishment. Very few young men make it all away through the program this far."
It was a special occasion for him personally, Armstrong said, because he'd worked with both young men from the time they began as Cub Scouts, right up to the present.
One of the two honorees, Cleveland High School (CHS) graduating senior Nicklaus Hart, revealed that he most enjoyed the utdoor scouting experiences. "Going out and hanging out in the woods with my friends; going on backpacking trips and camping; and just getting out of the city are what I enjoyed the most!"
His Eagle Scout project – a necessary requirement for attaining the Eagle rank is performing a notable act of public service – was assisting in the construction of benches and a shelter, and doing grounds maintenance work, at Gales Creek Summer Camp. Hart's future plans, he told THE BEE, include attending the University of Oregon.
Ian Legros was the other CHS graduating senior honored with the Eagle rank that night; both he and Hart were together in scouting since first grade.
"It was great going to the National Jamboree, where I helped staff the largest skate park in the country," Legros grinned.
His Eagle Scout project was gathering a group to plant trees at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Portland's Hoyt Arboretum. Of his future plans, Legros said, "I'm taking a 'gap year' off, to work and save some money for traveling after graduation. I hope to travel, and go around the world a couple of times!"