Eagle Scout candidate continues development of 9/11 memorial, plus other news from the week

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It’s been two years since Megan Mazel completed her Eagle Scout project of building a World Trade Center memorial in her community of Arlington, Virginia. Now, another Eagle Scout is continuing what she started, and making the area even better.

Daniel Bode, a Wakefield High School student and Scout with Troop 164, is adding to her vision.

Working around the county’s plans for the site, Bode said he secured approval to add flower beds and benches around the steel beam “to further enhance the experience” of the memorial.

“I wanted to add benches because there should be a seating area around the area, just so you’re not standing and looking down on it,” Bode said.

Read more about how Mazel returned to the site to help Daniel and other Scouts continue their efforts to beautify the area in this article from ARLNow.

Council’s fall camporee ready to go for 50th year

The W.D. Boyce Council is ready for its 50th Anniversary Fall Camporee, scheduled for later this month. Learn all about the event’s history — and the plans for this year’s camporee – in this feature from Good Day Central Illinois.

Indiana troop celebrates 100 years of service

Scouts BSA Troop 358 in Zionsville, Indiana, is celebrating 100 years of service to its community at a very appropriate time and place: one of the biggest annual festivals in the area.

The Zionsville Fall Festival will feature fun and games for the whole family, plus an entire area hosted by Troop 358.

The troop has impacted families for decades, including longtime Zionsville resident Ralph Stacy who began Scouting in 1951. Stacy became an Eagle Scout in 1960 and continued as an adult leader as his two sons were involved in the troop and became Eagle Scouts like him. Stacy had many memories of his time in Troop 358 ,with one being when he went on a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico when he was 17 years old. Several current members of the troop took the same trip this year.

“What impressed me and had an impact was that there were adults who took the time to be with other children to nurture them, to have fun and fellowship with them, and to bring them properly along the trail of life, striving to achieve leadership development and coping skills for living a good and honorable life,” Stacy said.

Read more in this story from The Lebanon Reporter.

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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.