Weekly Feature

2011-06-15 / Local News

Scout creating launch to earn highest ranking


Crewdson Crewdson Ben Crewdson enjoys being a member of the Boy Scouts of America and he also likes canoeing with his family, so he decided to combine the two passions for a project he is developing at Ellicott Creek Park.

The Frontier High School junior is going to have a launch built at the Town of Tonawanda park so that individuals who want to enter their canoe or kayak will have easier access to the creek.

Currently, there is only a gravel ramp built off of Ellicott Creek, noted Ben’s father David. He said his son plans to have a more elaborate structure built.

“He’d like to see a floating dock built. He’s been very thorough about the entire process. He submitted drawings to the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Conservation for their approval,” David said. “We canoe a lot as a family, so this project means a lot to him.”

Ben and the other scouts of Troop 411 will build the new launch. If you would like to donate to this project, checks can be made out to Troop 411 for Ben Crewdson's Eagle Project, care of Crewdson at 3465 Parkwood Common Hamburg, NY 14075.

Thus far, Ben has been working on the project for nearly nine months, and he hopes to see the launch completed soon so he can receive his Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle”.

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership.

This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements.

(Story ideas for this feature can be sent to Darlene M. Donohue, Ken-Ton Bee Editor, Bee Publications, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221 or by calling 204-4920.)

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