Brainerd Elks Lodge sponsored the 42nd annual Eagle Scout and Volunteer Recognition Dinner of the Pine Tree District of the Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America with eight Eagle Scouts being recognized. State Representative John Ward presented Legislative Resolutions Certificates as well as giving the keynote speech. Elks 615 Exalted Ruler Herman Wisneski and Barb Wisneski presented American flags and Eagle Scout certificates to each candidate. Scout leader Louis Hoffman of the Elks-sponsored new Troop 7 was given a charter banner. About 70 friends of Scouting attended the event at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Eagle Scouts recognized were Devin Patrick, Kevin Gohman, James Kope, Matthew Solid, Brendan Pelkey, Kevin Miller, Jacob Weber and Joshua Hoffman.
At an early age friends of these Eagles were responsible for inviting them to participate in scouting but it was the adventures of camping and the love of being outdoors, interacting with nature and wildlife and being part of a social network that kept them striving toward this prestigious award.
Each of the Eagles completes a project and earn a minimum of 12 required Merit Badges. Through the project these young men have developed leadership qualities including planning, working as a team, delegating responsibility and among others time management. Following is a brief description of each project.
Kevin Gohman, Troop 43, planned and developed a number of permanent chimney type structures for the endangered Chimney Swift bird species; located on the campus of the Central Lakes Community College. This was completed in conjunction with the CLC Natural Resources Club.
James Kope, Troop 43, removed and replaced the entrance stairway and steps into the Oak Lawn Town Hall.
Matthew Solid, Troop 45, made horseshoe recreational pits at Mission Township Park.
Kevin Miller, Troop 102, built a footpath to a kiosk for the Long Year Lake Wildlife Area in Pequot Lakes.
Jacob Weber, Troop 73, in conjunction with the Search, Rescue and Recovery Resources of Minnesota (SRRRMN) built forensic screens for use in the field. The screens are to be used by a team of recovery personnel. In addition he was requested to design and build four screens that were freestanding, to be used by an individual team member.
Devin Patrick, Troop 43, planned and developed a canoe rack to be used at Camp Vanasek, a Lion’s International Camp at Whipple Lake Park in Baxter.
Brendan Pelkey, Troop 45, in conjunction with the Crow Wing County Land Services, cleared six acres of a white pine forest infected with blister rust; cut and removed infected parts/trees and did bud capping on tops of “baby” white pine to protect them from deer.
Joshua Hoffman, Troop 45, built birdhouses at Central Lakes College campus: nighthawk pads on roofs, robin platforms, flying squirrel boxes, barred owl boxes, northern flicker boxes and made mason bee houses all completed in conjunction with the CLC Natural Resources Club.