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3 Arden Hills scouts earn Eagle Award
Three Boy Scouts from Troop 200, which is chartered by Shepherd of the Hills Church in Shoreview, were recently honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. All three boys are residents of Arden Hills.
The Eagle Scout Award is the highest advancement award in Scouting and is earned by fewer than seven percent of the boys who start in Scouts. Each Scout must earn 21 merit badges, serve in leadership positions, volunteer, camp and complete an Eagle Service Project which benefits a nonprofit organization.
Vincent Belsito earned 24 merit badges, completed 68 hours of volunteer work, camped 55 nights and served in leadership positions including patrol leader, senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and den chief. Belsito was elected by troop members to Order of the Arrow, a Scouting service organization. Belsito’s Eagle project constructed a set of 35 portable field desks for the Edgewood Middle School Forest. Belsito is a senior at Mounds View High School and is the son of Cindy Tamaki and Peter Belsito of Arden Hills.
William Eggers earned 21 merit badges, completed 84 hours of volunteer work, camped 45 nights and served in leadership positions including patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, quartermaster and Scribe. Troop members elected William to Order of the Arrow as well. Eggers’ Eagle project built a retaining wall along the sidewalk entrance into Valentine Hills Elementary School in Arden Hills. Eggers is a senior at Mounds View High School and is the son of Jennifer and Bob Eggers of Arden Hills.
Bobby Goldman earned 26 merit badges, completed 67 hours of volunteer work, camped 57 nights and served in leadership positions including patrol leader, senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, quartermaster and Scribe. Goldman’s Eagle Project consisted of renovating a local park and playground that had consistent issues with vandalism, graffiti and poor maintenance. He then created a distribution flyer to educate the residents of the time, value and importance of maintaining the park. The volunteers, led by Bobby, then cleaned, fixed, improved playground safety and then distributed the flyers. Goldman is a senior at Mounds View High School and is the son of Brenda and Mike Goldman of Arden Hills.