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Clarkes-Highland News April 2


The trail to Eagle Scout

Pake Benthin earned his Eagle Scout award on March 9 at the Clarkes Grange.

Benthin joined cub scouts with Molalla Pack 257 in the second grade, and he advanced through all of the ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. In 2006, Benthin earned his Arrow of Light and joined Molalla Troop 829. When the Molalla Troop disbanded, he continued with Scouting through Oregon City Troop 220, where he held several positions including Troop Secretary, Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. In 2009, Benthin was elected by his fellow scouts into the Order of the Arrow.

Just a sampling of the activities Benthin participated in includes an East Bound Horse Trek, spending eight days on a horse, hiking from Olallie Lake to Timerbline, and attending the 2010 Centennial Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia.

During high school at Molalla, Benthin competed in cross country and track, which lead to the motivation for his Eagle Leadership project. He noticed that many people in the community used the high school track for walking and running, which can be damaging to the track surface. To support both the Molalla community's exercise needs and the well-being of his high school’s track, Benthin added a chip trail and sign with mileage at nearby Ivor Davies Park.

The added trail provides an additional .2 miles to the park and a different surface choice for the community to walk on.

“I have heard from a couple people how their hips and feet like the chip trail,” said Kimberly Benthin, Pake's mother. The metal sign at the trail head is also a good indicator for walkers and runners to calculate distances within the park.

In all, the Scouting journey that Benthin has taken includes more than 108 Scout nights, 194 hiking miles and more than 94 service hours.

Community cleanup

Clarkes Grange is sponsoring a Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The main focus is cleaning up litter along Beavercreek Road and as many other roads as the volunteers can cover. A pizza lunch, donated by Clarkes General Store and Eatery, will be provided at noon at the Grange Hall. If you would like to volunteer, meet at the Grange hall at 9 a.m. on April 12 and bring gloves.