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Eagle Scouts

The Columbian
Published: February 2, 2019, 6:05am
14 Photos
Aaron Blanshan
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Fourteen Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District passed their Eagle Scout Board of Review during November and December, advancing to the rank of Eagle Scout. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Specific skills are required to advance through the ranks — Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle. To advance, a Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.

According to its website, the Fort Vancouver District supports Scouting units in the Vancouver, Ridgefield, La Center and Battle Ground school districts, and few units within Evergreen School District. There are 31 Cub Packs, 42 Troops, 14 Varsity teams, and 16 Venturing Crews that include 1,425 Scouts and 1,022 Scouters.

Troop 637

Spencer Peter Vance, a senior at Ridgefield High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in a food and school supply drive for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center, with 84 volunteer hours. Vance, 18, is the son of Joseph and Lori Vance.

Logan Andrew Newman, a senior at Ridgefield High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in cleaning and improvements at Union Ridge Elementary School, Ridgefield, with 129 volunteer hours. Newman, 18, is the son of Peter and Jennifer Newman.

Troop 315

Blaine Russell Clary, a senior at Prairie High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in placing storm drain medallions for the Clark County Public Utilities StreamTeam, with 23 volunteer hours. Clary, 18, is the son John Clary, and Tyce and Sean Walker.

Caleb Michael Gamble, a senior at Skyview High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in a recycling book project at Jason Lee Middle School in Vancouver, with 60 volunteer hours. Gamble, 18, is the son of Aaron and Crissy Gamble.

Troop 320

Joseph Roman Gornowicz, a senior at Vancouver iTech Preparatory, led a group of scouts and adult volunteers in building platforms for mounting horses at Whipple Creek Regional Park, which has just over 4 miles of trails for hikers and horseback riders, with 145 volunteer hours. Gornowicz, 17, is the son of Kristin Winters and Patrick Gornowicz. He’s also in Clark College’s Running Start program, which allows students to take college courses during high school.

Cade Hagemann Filburn, a senior at Skyview High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in making boot scraping stations at La Center Bottoms, a Clark County-owned wildlife viewing area, with 81 volunteer hours. Filburn, 17, is the son of Kari and Casey Filburn.

Aaron Edward Blanshan, a junior at La Center High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in building a wheel chair ramp at the Wolverton Mountain Gun Club, a private, member-owned nonprofit in Ariel, with 130 volunteer hours. Blanshan, 16, is the son of Grant and Rebecca Blanshan.

Troop 479

Thomas Oluf Sather, a senior at Skyview High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in building and placing owl boxes for Clark County Parks at Curtin Springs Wildlife Habitat, with 165 volunteer hours. Sather, 17, is the son of Eric and Karen Sather.

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Troop 14

Zachary Allan Morrison, a freshman at La Center High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in building a life jacket kiosk for the City of La Center, with 132 volunteer hours. Morrison, 14, is the son of Angela Horne and the late Allan Morrison.

Ryan James Sandfort, a senior at Skyview High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in making boot scraping stations for Vancouver Lake Regional Park, with 151 volunteer hours. Sandfort, 18, is the son of Patrick and Karin Sandfort.

Troop 361

Nathan Daniel Lipovich, a junior at Battle Ground High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in a winter clothing drive for Food with Friends, a nonprofit specializing in homeless outreach, with 461 volunteer hours. Lipovich, 16, is the son of Chad and Martha Lipovich.

Troop 328

Lawson David Carter, a senior at Fort Vancouver High School and the Flex Academy, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in forging tools to be used in reenactments and for teaching in the Black Smith shop at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, with 141 volunteer hours. Carter, 18, is the son of Lawrence and Leigh Anne Carter.

Michael Welmon Smith, a senior at Skyview High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in placing storm drain medallions for the Clark County Public Utilities StreamTeam, with 240 volunteer hours. Smith, 17, is the son of Roger and Lisa Smith.

Troop 339

Trevor Hayden Hall, a freshman at Columbia River High School, led a group of Scouts and adult volunteers in placing storm drain medallions for the Clark County Public Utilities StreamTeam, with 84 volunteer hours. Hall, 14, is the son of Ralph and Tami Hall.

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