Roseville/Bulletin People: September 11, 2017

Each of the four new Eagle Scouts earned a minimum of 21 merit badges, held leadership positions and planned and directed a service project. Pictured left to right, Zack Olson, Chris Nelson, Cory Huot, Mason Seibert.

Boy Scouts Troop 462 honored four new Eagle Scouts at a special Court of Honor at Spooner Park on July 31. The troop is chartered by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Little Canada and is part of Northern Star Council. 

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program and fewer than 4 percent achieve the ranking. It takes many years to develop the practical skills and attain the required merit badges. The culmination of this goal is to develop, plan and lead a service project. The entire process of going from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout is supervised and directed by a league of dedicated volunteers. In this case, all four scouts were led by the same scoutmasters, Craig Miller and Paul Huot, both of Little Canada. Others helped along the way as well.

Each of the four new Eagle Scouts earned a minimum of 21 merit badges, held leadership positions and planned and directed a service project.

Zack Olson, son of Lisa and Carter Olson, built and delivered six benches to the St. Paul Animal Humane Society. The benches were designed to give respite to both volunteers and potential adopters. He also served as the crew leader when eight troop members and three adult leaders hiked for 10 days in Philmont, New Mexico. Olson says, “One of the most important things to remember is perseverance; it is inevitable that one will run into challenges. What matters is not the challenges, but how one will overcome them.” He’s now attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout majoring in game design.

Chris Nelson, son of Bonnie and Randy Nelson, collected supplies to be donated to Simpson Housing Services, a nonprofit whose mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. This two-day project took a tremendous amount of planning to be successfully executed. Nelson also hiked with the troop in New Mexico and was one of the older scouts. In typical fashion, when one of the younger scouts fell ill, Nelson picked up his 40-plus-pound pack and double-packed his way up the hill. He’s now attending Creighton University majoring in political science and pre-law.

Cory Huot, son of Jill and Paul Huot, designed and built a pergola at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Canada. The project took patience and persistence as it had to be approved by two public organizations and Norther Star Council’s local advancement team. Huot received funding from the City of Little Canada, The Veterans Memorial Committee and Little Canada Recreation Association, as well as private donors. To become an Eagle Scout one must hold a leadership position for six months: Huot was Senior Patrol Leader twice, Troop Guide once, and Patrol Leader four times. He’s attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth this fall, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Mason Seibert, son of Amy Christensen and David Seibert, built and installed benches at a local dog park. While hiking in Philmont, Mason learned the following lesson: “Life will knock you down and you’ll sit there thinking you can’t get up, but that’s the only choice you have, so you must keep moving.” Seibert served as Senior Patrol Leader, Quarter Master and Patrol Leader during his years as a Scout. He’s attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth this fall.


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