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Boy Scout Troop 535 announces seven Eagle Scouts for 2012

Seven local Scouts were honored in 2012 with the rank of Eagle Scout including, from left, John Nilsen, Chris Sweeney, Evan Murphy of Bothell, Dalton Schaefbauer, Tim Smith of Bothell, Jacob Gabel of Bothell and Teddy Pierce of Bothell. - contributed photo
Seven local Scouts were honored in 2012 with the rank of Eagle Scout including, from left, John Nilsen, Chris Sweeney, Evan Murphy of Bothell, Dalton Schaefbauer, Tim Smith of Bothell, Jacob Gabel of Bothell and Teddy Pierce of Bothell.
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Seven Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 535, chartered by the Sons of Norway in Bothell, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012. Four of the members are Bothell residents.

Tim Smith, 17, a senior at Bothell High School, marked storm drains in Bothell residential neighborhoods and educated residents about clean water projects.

Teddy Pierce, 17, a senior at Bothell High School, designed and ran a series of free summer science day camp sessions for Bothell children.

Jacob Gabel, 18, a 2012 graduate of Bothell High School, did an improvement project on the baseball field s in the Mays Pond neighborhood of North Bothell.

Evan Murphy, 18, a senior at Bothell High School, led a series of community food drives for Hopelink.

Also included were two members from Woodinville and one from Snohomish.

John Nilsen, 15, a student at AIM High School in Snohomish, led an improvement project for the Greenleaf Neighborhood Park in Snohomish County.

Chris Sweeney, 17, a student at Woodinville High School, created and installed custom signs on buildings at Leota Junior High in Woodinville.

Dalton Schaefbauer, 17, a senior at Woodinville High School, organized and led a community food drive for Hopelink, in conjunction with Northshore Youth Soccer Association.

In total, these Troop 535 projects gave over 1,200 hours of volunteer service to the greater Bothell-Woodinville-Snohomish area.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America. About 4 percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank. To do so, Scouts must demonstrate their understanding of leadership, service, character, personal fitness and outdoor skills at multiple levels.

In addition to the 21 merit badges required to earn the Eagle rank, each Scout must complete an extensive service project that he plans, organizes, leads, and manages before his 18th birthday.

The Troop 535 Eagle Scout projects focused on the environment, education, and serving the under-resourced in our community.

The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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