Freeland Boy Scout joins Eagle Scouts’ ranks | KUDOS

Will Holbert of Freeland recently completed the requirements for the highest rank in Scouting. At 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Lakeside Bible Camp, Holbert will be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America Troop 57. 

Holbert has been involved in Scouting since he was 6 years old when he started as a Tiger Cub in Cub Scouts.

In order to qualify to become an Eagle Scout, a scout must advance through the ranks of Scouting, complete an approved Eagle Scout project, volunteer in their community, earn at least 24 Merit Badges (12 of which are specifically required), serve in a leadership position within their troop at each rank and be a member in good standing within their troop.

In addition, the Scout must pass a Scoutmaster conference, a local Board of Review and a district level Board of Review.

Holbert completed his required Eagle Scout project in 2011 by organizing and leading the construction of two scorekeepers booths at South Whidbey Community Park for the Junior Baseball and Softball fields.

He raised funds for the project by cutting and selling firewood to pay for the materials that were all purchased locally or donated.

Hanson’s Lumber, Pro-build Lumber, Frontier Building Supply and Randy Recor all donated materials to the project. The scouts and parents of Troop 57 provided the labor.

Holbert has served as a Patrol Leader and Quartermaster for the Troop and is currently serving as the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 57.

Last year, he was invited by the troop to attend the Boys Scouts of America National Youth Leadership Training Camp.

Holbert is an honor student and a sophomore at South Whidbey High School. He plays youth soccer and is a member of the wrestling and track teams.

Holbert plans to attend college after graduating from South Whidbey High School in 2015 and he plans to study software engineering.

Holbert is the son of Douglas and Deborah Holbert and the grandson of Louise Shields of Tuolumne, Calif. and Ellen Holbert of Columbia, Calif.

Friends and family are invited to attend the ceremony at Lakeside Bible Camp in Clinton. A dinner and reception will follow the ceremony.

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