Boy Scout Troop 536 members Karl Vaage, Alex Kuykendall, and Hayden George were awarded the rank of Eagle in a ceremony at the Lodge at River’s Edge on June 4. The Eagle rank is scouting’s highest honor, and the award represents the culmination of a decade of hard work, community service and outdoor adventure. Over 140 friends, families and supporters of the troop attended the banquet.
Eagle Scouts Steven Elsbury, Dan Korbel, Ben Palmer, and Dan Elsbury presided over the celebration. Scoutmaster John Elsbury, via video from his hospital room in Boise, summarized the boys’ scouting careers and presented them as Eagle candidates. Scoutmaster John Chatfield handled in person duties, with assistance from District Director Marlene Schaefer and the Reverend Stan Satre. VFW Post 3296 of Orofino provided the honor guard.
For his Eagle project, Karl located, mapped, and along with the help of his troop, marked and rehabilitated the Quarry Trail for the Corps of Engineers at Dworshak Reservoir. Karl is the son of Becky and John Vaage, and he will attend Pacific Lutheran University this fall.
Alex’s project involved locating, mapping and documenting sites at the Peck Cemetery. He is the son of Chris St. Germaine and Leroy Kuykendall. Alex has enlisted is the United States Army, and as part of the Eagle ceremony, he was advanced to the rank of Private First Class.
Hayden’s Eagle project was the construction and rehabilitation of picnic tables for Idaho Fish and Game at the Campbell’s Pond campground. Hayden is the son of Michelle and Brad George, and he will attend the University of Idaho this fall.
All three boys wish to express their sincere thanks to the local community for its support of the troop and their efforts over the years.