ARCHBOLD — Five boys from Archbold Boy Scouts Troop 63 are currently working on Eagle Scout projects in area parks.
To earn scouting’s highest award, each scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, work his way up the six ranks of scouting, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.
Life Scouts Mason Hausch, Ben Holley, Ben Morris, Isaac Reichert and Josiah Ruiz are all in various stages of working on their Eagle projects.
The projects of Hausch and Holley involve making improvements in Ridgeville Park. Holley recently completed a 84- by 4-foot sidewalk leading from the parking lot to the pavilion. Hausch installed two 10-by 50-foot chain-link backstops on the basketball court.
In Pettisville Park, Morris is working on several improvements, including building new life preserver cabinets, replacing horseshoe pit backstops, and installing mulch under picnic tables.
In Archbold’s Ruihley Park, Reichert will begin work on a GaGa Ball pit.
Meanwhile, Ruiz is finalizing plans to update the tree markers along paths in Goll Woods.
“We are excited about these projects mean for our area communities,” said Scoutmaster Paul Reichert. “The boys are hoping to break a troop record set achieved in 1973, when four boys, Roger Apger, Michael Bernath, Daniel Bettison and Michael Penrod all became Eagle Scouts in a single year.
“Two boys — Austin Rearick and John Ruscigno — have already earned their Eagle rank in 2019, so if Hausch, Holley, Morris, Reichert and Ruiz all complete their projects this year, a new troop record of seven new Troop 63 Eagle Scouts in one year will be set.”
All told, 45 Archbold Scouts have reached the rank of Eagle since Robert Roth became the first, back in 1952.
Troop 63 was founded in 1944, and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.