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Blaine Bell to earn Eagle honor

The Westview student finished the interior of the play house at the Ronald McDonald House
by: Submitted photo Blaine Bell, 16, a sophomore at Westview High School, will be named an Eagle Scout Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. His project was to finish the interior of the play house at the Ronald McDonald House.

Troop 728 in Oak Hills is proud to announce that the Eagle Court of Honor for Blaine Bell will take place Saturday, April 2, at 3 p.m. in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

Blaine's Eagle project was to finish the interior of the Play House at the Ronald McDonald House.

He raised more than $1,000 in supplies and cash for the project and led volunteers in more than 750 hours to complete the project.

He was able to raise more than $600 in cash donations by developing an online website and using social media to raise funds from supporters across the country.

Blaine's project took more than a year to plan and several months to complete.

He says that his deepest feeling for and most lasting experience of his Eagle project was seeing the children at the Ronald McDonald House see the playhouse and take their minds off their illnesses.

The Eagle project is one of the final requirements to become an Eagle Scout.

Donations came from many local businesses, friends and family. Sponsors of Bell's Eagle project were the Rydman, Hohnstein and Storr families, Ace Hardware, Starbucks, Miller Paint, Best Buy Bark Dust, Piccolo Mondo and Home Depot.

Bell, 16, has been a Boy Scout since 2005. Positions held in the troop have been chaplain's aide, instructor, assistant senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

Special awards received have been the 25, 50, 75 and 100 nights of camping, Order of the Arrow - Vigil, Lewis and Clark award - Presidential, 100-mile (Philmont) and Butte Creek Wrangler (2008-2010).

A sophomore at Westview High School, Bell runs on the cross country and track teams.

He is the son of Blair and Ginger Bell.