Scout reaches ultimate benchmark

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For his Eagle Scout project, Kyle Ferguson organized the funding and construction of four picnic tables for his church.

(Posted May 17, 2017)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Only 2 percent of youths involved in Boy Scouts achieve Eagle status. Kyle Ferguson of London is about to become one of them.

The London High School junior got his start in Scouts in second grade as a Cub Scout with London Troop 102. He has since enjoyed the campouts, learning experiences and leadership opportunities that come with the territory.

Ferguson credits his sustained interest in Scouting to camaraderie with other troop members and to his desire to make Eagle rank. A high-performing student in school, Ferguson said he saw the Eagle pursuit as another way to challenge himself.

“It’s an activity outside of school that not a lot of people do. Only a small percentage get it, and I wanted to be one who got it,” he said, adding that Eagle Scouts are eligible for college scholarships through the National Eagle Scout Association.

To make Eagle rank, a Scout must meet several criteria, including the organization and completion of a project that benefits the community. Ferguson chose to build four picnic tables for his church, Madison County Vineyard on Olive Street, London.

To cover costs, he solicited donations from his family and church members and secured donations of materials, like paintbrushes, from local merchants. He recruited his fellow troop members to put the tables together.

“It went pretty smooth. We’ve been together in Scouts for a long time, so we get along really well,” Ferguson said.

The church uses the tables on its patio and in its new multi-purpose building for youth group activities and the community summer lunch program.

Ferguson will be named an Eagle Scout at a ceremony planned for June 12. He selected Tyler Yost, a fellow Eagle Scout and Troop 102 member, to make the presentation.

Ferguson is the son of Chris and Dawn Ferguson. In addition to Scouting, he runs cross country and track at London High School. He also works at the London State Theater.

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