Two Chesterton Boy Scouts took on large local projects and were awarded with the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout on April 9, 2017. Christopher Sexton, age 17, and Evan Ekblaw, age 16, achieved Boy Scout’s highest distinction through years of participation, hard work and dedication to their troop and scouting.
Those attending the Court of Honor ceremony included their Eagle Scout project sponsors & mentors, family, friends, fellow Boy Scouts and Boy Scout leadership.
Sexton’s project sponsor, Melissa Culbertson, Vice President, Porter County Wildlife Management Advisory Board and Ekblaw’s project sponsor, Darota Janik, President, Reins of Life, Therapeutic Horseback Riding Centers both spoke about the dedication, perseverance, organizational and project management skills necessary to bring these projects to completion and thereby helping their communities.
Sexton’s project involved designing and constructing a 0.8 mile nature trail through the Zona Wildlife Sanctuary in Westville, IN and included mapping and clearing the trail, arranging and hauling in equipment and concrete for sign posts, and building and installing bridges, benches and picnic tables. Total time spent on this project was over 500 hours with the help of family, friends, fellow scouts, and adult volunteers.
Ekblaw’s project involved building and installing a viewing area at the Reins of Life Center in Michigan City, IN and included purchasing and installing a large bleacher section at the facility.
Ekblaw raised over $3,000 and with the help of family, friends and fellow scouts installed and completed his project.
Only 5% of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Both Sexton and Ekblaw are members of Troop 908 in Chesterton, IN and attend Chesterton High School.
For Troop 908 information, contact Chris Flesher via Dunes Moraine BSA at https://dunesmorainebsa.wordpress.com/join-scouting/boy-scout-troops-chesterton