|BOY SCOUTS' HIGHEST HONOR|
|February 25, 2002 11:00 pm|
Three Boy Scouts from Brookings-Harbor Troop 32 attained the Eagle Scout rank during ceremonies at the Elks Lodge Saturday afternoon.
Bart Land, Jeff Paulson and Kenny Horn were added to the roster of Eagle Scouts from the troop. Dignitaries speaking at the ceremony said Troop 32, under the leadership of Tim Buehler, produces a high number of Eagle Scouts compared to the national average.
Buehler presented a series of slides about each boys scouting career.
During the slide show for Horn, Buehler noted that most of the pictures involving the scout had him around food, with a mischievous grin or a glazed look. But he showed slides at Camp Philmont in New Mexico where Horn got stuck on the side of a cliff, but refused to give up. He eventually made it.
Land came into the troop as a teen, Buehler said, so he didnt know him as a younger scout. He was described as the boy who always had a smile and has the greatest collection of signed baseball cards.
It wasnt difficult for Buehler to find slides of Paulson because he is photogenic and a camera hog. A slide was shown with all the boys facing away from the camera except for Paulson flashing a big smile.
Paulson is the first troop bugler, Buehler said.
The slide show included photos of the boys projects.
Horn had to learn about concrete and wood construction when he built an arbor at Stout Park.
Land learned about clearing brush and gardening when he landscaped three sections of the Harris Beach day-use area.
Sept. 11 inspired Paulson to make additional first aid kits for Brookings-Harbor schools, Buehler said.
The projects not only involved hands-on experience, but taught them supervisory skills because of their leading some 15 boys each.
At the ceremony, tables were set up in the back of the room displaying photos, badges and other memorabilia from the scouts careers.
After Buehler lighted a serious of candles representing the various tenets of scouting, dignitaries presented the boys with plaques and certificates.
Dignitaries included Alan Neerenberg, Mary Fox, Joel Walter and Cody Coons of Troop 32; Andy Tyne, Brookings-Harbor Lions Club; Jim Parkin, Brookings Elks Lodge; Dick Tylock, VFW Post 966 and Marine Corps League; Jim Bley, Keith Byrtus and Morris Spawn of Sidney Croft Masonic Lodge; and Rick Dentino, City of Brookings.
Following the honors, the scouts mothers were honored with a bouquet and the fathers presented with a tie tack.