Aaron Bruce earns Eagle Scout rank

Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Aaron Bruce, 15, was presented the Boy Scout's highest rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 4, 2003. His National Court of Honor ceremony was held at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp, which is also the site of his Eagle project. Bruce replaced an old footbridge across Saturday Creek near where Juneau's youth use a rope to swing across the stream. Bruce obtained the materials and financing needed to build the new 20-foot bridge by requesting donations from local businesses and individuals.

To earn Eagle Scout rank, a scout must earn 21 different merit badges. Each of these is in separate fields of interest and skills. The purpose of an Eagle project is to allow the scout to show leadership and organizational skills by doing something that will benefit the community. Bruce enlisted the aid of scouts in his troop (Troop 6 of the Chapel by the Lake), to accomplish his project. Concrete footing preparations and lamination of beams were done at Bruce's home and then transported to Saturday Creek. Bruce worked 76 hours on the project and 11 helpers contributed an additional 116 hours.

Bruce first joined scouts as a Tiger Cub while attending Auke Bay Elementary School. Since becoming a Boy Scout, he has earned 38 merit badges, the BSA World Conservation Award, a BSA lifeguard certificate and attended a Junior Leader Training Conference. He has served in several leadership positions in his scout troop, helping to train younger boys and currently is leader of the Gator Patrol. This past summer, Bruce was employed as a junior counselor at the Boy Scout's Eagle River Resident Camp and for the Tlingit and Haida Community Council's Youth Culture Camp. Bruce is a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School. His parents are Carol and David Bruce. His scoutmaster is Ron Josephson.

Local Eagle Scouts who joined Bruce in reaffirming their Eagle Scout oath were George Reifenstein, Dr. Mike McKrill, Stuart Robards, Phil Martin, Ron Josephson, Bruce Weyhrauch, Travis Larsen and Loren Rasmussen.

Following the ceremony and reception, Bruce and six high school age scouts camped overnight at Eagle River United Methodist Camp.

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