Milton-Freewater Boy Scout Troop No. 315 added two more Eagle Scouts in 2017. Kaiden Verkist and Kaleb Scott earned the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America.
The son of Richard and Jill Verkist of Weston, Kaiden graduated last year from Weston-McEwen High School.
Kaiden’s little brother, Eli, was born with a heart defect in 2015. When he was 4 months old, Eli had open heart surgery in Portland and the Verkist family was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Kaiden wanted to give back to the organization so, for his Eagle Project, he recruited volunteers to make an 80-piece block set for the toy room and 30 fleece blankets for the welcome bags they give to sick children when they arrive.
Kaleb is the son of Russell and Cassie Scott of Milton-Freewater. He organized a crew for a Eagle Project at the Whitman Mission National Historic Site.
For his service project, Kaleb, cut and removed the plastic liner from around new plants and trees, pulling up plant stakes and finishing a new section of native plant revegetation along the creek.
Both young men were pleased that their projects helped others and expressed appreciation for the many people who have helped them along their way in Boy Scouts.
Only around 4 percent of Scouts earn the Eagle rank. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service and leadership, along with completing an extensive service project for the good of the community.