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Sam Reed earns his Eagle Scout wings

Service project supported Lake Oswego's Luscher Farm

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge High School senior Sam Reed earned his Eagle Scout rank.Lakeridge High School senior Sam Reed not only built an enclosure for the dumpster at Luscher Farm, he also earned his Eagle Scout rank while doing it.

To obtain the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, a scout must finish a service project, a task established to afford an opportunity for participants to develop leadership skills and to discover the value of volunteering.

With the support of fellow scouts from Troop 432 last August, Reed built a 21-by-15-foot enclosure at the farm. In celebration of his new Eagle Scout rank, he had his Court of Honor on March 7 at a Lake Oswego church, where he delivered a speech reflecting on his years growing up with his fellow scouts.

“It hit me then,” Reed told The Review. “It’s kind of sad thinking about it, all those times that have passed. But still, it’s really cool to grow up with the same group of guys.”

Now 18, the Lakeridge track and cross country athlete is about to leave the friends he’s known for so many years and strike out on his own; he plans to study business at Oregon State University. The son of Maria and John Reed, Sam Reed has been involved in scouting, starting with Cub Scouts, since first grade.

“It’s a great achievement after all the time spent and all the fun times and all the good things. ... Just to have it culminate in this nice honor is a neat thing,” Maria Reed said. “We’re proud of him.”

For more information about Troop 432, visit http://www.lakeoswego432.mytroop.us/front_page.

By Jillian Daley
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email: jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com
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