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Seven Boy Scouts earn Eagle Scout badge

by Alan Reed
Special to The R-C

The Boy Scouts of America recently conveyed scouting’s highest honor on seven Carson Valley residents as they were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

The group of seven are all members of Carson Valley-Carson City Troop 33. Established in 1939, the oldest troop in northern Nevada has been providing boys of all ages the ultimate scouting experience, teaching life skills that are centered in responsibility, working with others and leadership. Troop 33 is currently home to approximately 40 scouts. Troop leaders are Dan Webster, Chairman and Scout Master Ken Kruse. Other leaders include Lynn Tooker, Al Jewell, Tim Rowe, Brian Fitzpatrick, Harold Morris, Rob Gray and Skip Brown.

The Eagle Scout recipients are Seth Cariaga, Zach Kruse, Sam Nanse, Jonah O’Connor, Thomas Reed, Daniel Tooker and Colbey Tracey. Most of these young men joined the Boy Scouts when they were around eleven years old.

Each of the seven young men were required to earn at least 21 Merit Badges to qualify for the Eagle Scout Award. Within the 21, specific badges are required to insure that Eagle Scouts posess the useful knowledge and experience that in turn, leads to becoming a well rounded individual. Badges can be earned in a number of areas including athletics, camping, electricity, first aid, foresting, horsemanship and swimming to name a few. The Boy Scouts also promote involvement in the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

One of the last steps on the track to Eagle is the completion of a service project. All seven completed their projects which were each major undertakings. They included planning and development, seeking necessary approvals and leading work crews of fellow scouts and other willing participants in the completion of the work.

Thomas Reed and crew revitalized a one half mile stretch of hiking trail located near the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City. Additionally, his helpers installed a metal bench and created a view site that overlooks Carson City.

Seth Cariaga and his scouts made landscaping improvements at Sierra Lutheran High School. His project included relocation of outdoor furniture, bush transplanting and tree planting, making the outside lunch area more comfortable.

Daniel Tooker led a group of scouts who repainted the Ron Wood Center in Carson City. The project included prepping, masking, sanding and painting.

Colbey Tracey’s project also involved painting as his gang gave a fresh new look to the conference room and an interior hall at Lifepoint Church in Johnson Lane.

Sam Nanse led the scouts as they removed old landscaping at the Carson City Presbyterian Church. The area was then decorated with colored rock and new pavers were installed.

Jonah O’Connor monitored a crew to removed fencing from The Catholic Rectory in Gardnerville. His project included supervision and removal of the fence posts and a significant amount of tree roots. A new fence was subsequently installed on the west side of the residence.

Zach Kruse led the scouts in installing a new bridge at the Gardnerville Communal Garden. New holes were dug before setting posts and building of the bridge which was stained upon completion.

Just 3 percent of boys who enter scouting become an Eagle Scout.

Dan Webster congratulated all of the Eagles Scouts.

“This has been a great journey for all of these fine young men. We’ve done so much together and I’m so proud of them for this great accomplishment. They truly are shining examples of what Scouting is really all about. Once an Eagle … always an Eagle!” he said.