PENDLETON - Sam Busskohl, 15, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout and will be recognized at a Court of Honor at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church in Pendleton.

Eagle is the highest honor in Scouting.

Busskohl was a Cub Scout for three years and has been a Boy Scout and member of Troop 777 since sixth grade. He has just completed his freshman year at Pendleton High School.

He said his Eagle Scout project was the biggest project he'd ever been part of. "It's always fun to go out and work to help," he said.

His project involved coordinating a crew of 12 adults and Scouts to go up to the Freemont Power House in the Granite and Sumpter area, camp out all night and work the next day pulling up stakes and removing cages of mesh tubing from saplings so they could grow.

The cages and stakes were placed by the U.S. Forest Service when they planted the seedlings. The casings, however, did not decay as quickly as USFS personnel had hoped.

Busskohl learned about the project from his father, Craig, who works for the Forest Service.

"I definitely learned some leadership skills," he said. "I had to organize everything and make sure of the crew and the things we needed. We rode up into the forest after school on Friday, pitched tents, made dinner and went to bed, then worked the next day."

Busskohl is the son of Craig and Tina Busskohl. He moved to Pendleton from Tennessee at age 2.

He is looking forward to a sailing trip his troop is taking this summer to the San Juans. For a week they will live on a sailboat, practice navigation and tying knots. He plans to stay active in Scouting until he is 18 by teaching younger Scouts what he has learned.

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