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Troop 1947 celebrates new Eagle Scout

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POLSON — Scout Troop 1947 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize new Eagle Scout William “Trae” Wyman III on Sunday at the New Life Christian Center in Polson.

Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts, is considered a prestigious accomplishment considering that only about 7% of all who enter the Scouting program attain the rank of Eagle.

“I first started scouting in first grade because all my friends were doing it,” explained Wyman. “I have really enjoyed it and kept up with it.”

Each scout striving to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout must complete a total of 21 Merit Badges, 13 of which are required Merit Badges for the rank. The scout will earn some of these 13 required badges as they advance through the ranks of Star and Life Scout. They must also take on leadership roles in their troop and plan, develop and execute a leadership project that benefits their church, non-profit organization or their community.

For his leadership project, Wyman opted to build a series of five donation boxes and placed them throughout the valley. The boxes are used to collect United States flags so that they can be “retitred” by proper ceremony. The flag collection boxes have been given to a local VFW organization so that they continue proper flag retirement. 

Merit badges Wyman earned over his career of scouting are, to name a few, First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Cooking, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Environmental Science, Swimming, Camping, Family Life, Wood Carving and Canoeing. 

Wyman’s most memorable scouting experience was the time spent outdoors with fellow scouts.

 “I have learned a lot of life lessons from scouting,” Wyman said. “It’s been a great experience.”

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