On December 28, 2001, Spencer Wood made the flight into the Eagle Nest, as he was presented with the Boy Scout's highest rank. Spencer actually passed his board over a year ago when he was 18, but because of conflicts, the Eagle Court of Honor was not held until this last Friday.
For his Eagle project, he chose to build a rain shelter at the Community Archery Range, so that the archers would have a place to which to retreat when it starts raining. Spencer obtained the materials to build the shelter by doing another service project. That project involved cleaning up a construction site where the owner let him take the scrap materials for building the shelter. The purpose of an Eagle project is to allow the boy to show leadership and organization skills. Spencer enlisted the aid the boys in his home troop, Troop 5 of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to accomplish his project. They built the shelter in sections and then during a weeklong summer camping trip assembled the sections at the archery range. The whole project took about three days.
Spencer is the eldest of nine children, and by achieving this rank serves as role model for his six younger brothers, three of whom are actively involved in Scouting and three who are yet too young to join. After the ceremony there was a farewell reception. He left Jan. 3 to serve for two years as a missionary in Albuquerque, N.M.