Spotlighting the Good: Local boys stepping up for the Community and beyond

Too often we hear of the trouble local teens get into. So today, as graduation nears for the Class of 2017, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on some of the great work being done by local teens.

Local boys doing good for the Snoqualmie Valley Community

Jonathan Haycock, Cameron Stone, Alex White and Ben MacLean, Snoqualmie Valley residents and members of the Boy Scout Troop # 466, have earned the honor of Eagle Scout – the highest rank offered by the Boy Scouts. All achieved the 21 merit badges required to reach the milestone that only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain –  an honor that exemplifies hard work and strong character.

Jonathan Haycock lives in Snoqualmie and attends Mount Si High School/Bellevue College Running Start Program. For his Eagle Scout Community project, Jonathan raised money to purchase two score keeping tables for Jeanne Hansen Community Park. He planned, presented and obtained approval from the City of Snoqualmie Parks and Recreation Committee – and with his team then assembled, delivered and installed the tables. Local parents no longer have to haul in their own table and chairs.

Cameron Stone lives in North Bend and attends Mount Si High School. For his Eagle Scout Project, Cameron built a new sign for The Red Oak Residence of North Bend, a senior housing development center. He raised money for the materials and received donations from local North Bend businesses.  Chuck Beatty, Red Oak Assistant Administrator, was happy to promote community involvement and paid for the North Bend building permit.  Thanks to Cameron’s hard work, Red Oak got its first new sign since 1997.

Alex White lives in Snoqualmie and attends Mount Si High School/ Bellevue College Running Start Program. Alex’s Eagle Scout project was completed on behalf of Meadowbrook Farm Preserve along the trail at the Dike Road Fields. He researched and then planted native and non-native Snoqualmie Valley plantings along the trail.  He even constructed and installed wooden plant identification markers by each plant – and at a level low enough for local children who frequent the trail to see them.

Ben MacLean lives in Snoqualmie and attends Mount Si High School/Bellevue College Running Start Program. He completed his Eagle project for the benefit of his alma mater,  Snoqualmie Elementary School. In consultation with the school’s leadership and 4th grade teacher, Jennifer Gjurasic, Ben constructed two 12x12x2 ft. stone planters filled with indigenous plants used for nutritional or medicinal purposes by Native Americans. The project was designed to complement the 4th grade Native American history curriculum at SES.

But it didn’t stop here.

In addition to their scouting projects, in 2015 the boys and some friends started a guild for Seattle Children’s called the Mt Si Med Squad. They raised over $5,000 through annual garage sales and by launching the first youth lacrosse summer camp in 2016. All proceeds went to the teen and young adult cancer center at Seattle Children’s.

A ceremony honoring Jonathan, Cameron, Alex, and Ben will take place on June 4 th , 2017, 2PM, at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

 

Left to right: Cameron Stone, Ben MacLean, Jonathan Haycock, Alex White

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