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Boy Scouts of America awards BHS sophomore Eagle Scout honors

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Baden J. Bastian’s mother Elizabeth pins on his Eagle Scout medal during his court of honor at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Feb. 15. Eagle Scout is the highest honor the Boy Scouts of America can present to a youth member and is only presented to roughly 4% of Scouts. Photo courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America

BAXTER — The leadership of Pine Tree District, Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America announced Baden J. Bastian, 16, a sophomore at Brainerd High School was awarded Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor.

In order to earn the prestigious honor of Eagle Scout a young person must complete several requirements, including a service project.

“My Eagle Scout project was to help improve the quality of the trails within the Dean Mackey Forest located adjacent to Forestview Middle School,” Bastian said, according to a news release. “Improvements included filling holes and dips in the trails created by rotting stumps and repairing erosion. We filled over one hundred holes and three eroding hill sides.”

Baden joined the Scouts in first grade when he became a member of Pack 36 at a Tiger Scout. He went on to earn his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scouting with Troop 36, later transferring to Troop 45, where he has been a member for five years. Another requirement for Eagle Scout is to earn a select number of merit badges.

“Baden earned 34 merit badges, including the 13 Eagle required merit badges, which cover topics such as first aid, citizenship, personal management, family life, physical fitness, cooking, and camping,” said Scoutmaster David Lockwood, according to the release. “He earned enough merit badges to be awarded two palms today in addition to his Eagle Rank.”

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Throughout his Scouting life, Baden Bastian was accompanied on his journey by his father James.

“I was a Scout, and with raising both of our kids, the ideas of the Scout Oath and Scout Law are good things and they will help you and guide you to be a good person,” said James Bastian, Baden’s father, during a presentation to his son at the court of honor per the release. “When we started, you were little and anytime it came to asking if you wanted to continue, you said ‘yes, but only if you’ll do it with me,’ which has made this very special.”

During the court of honor Baden Bastian was presented his Eagle Scout medal by his mother Elizabeth. According to a study by the Boy Scouts of America, 4 out of 100 Scouts will ever achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

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