It is an honor for a Boy Scout to earn the rank of Eagle scout. Recently, this was accomplished by not just one member of Raton Troop 91 - but by seven young men, all working hard to make their communities better places to live.
The seven Scouts to achieve this feat are Christian Kamp, Colten Dunlap, Carson Chatterley, Creede Chatterley, Jacob Edmondson, Chance Kamp and Chase Kamp.
According to Jared Chatterley, Scoutmaster for the troop, “All youth enter the Boy Scouts of America program at the rank of Scout. They then advance through the ranks, proceeding through six different levels before they are eligible to become an Eagle Scout. Along the way, Scouts must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, 13 of which are required. The remaining eight elective merit badges are selected at the scout’s discretion. They also must perform service, hold leadership positions, and hold their given rank for a minimum amount of time before being eligible for advancement.”
“After attaining the rank of Life Scout, a scout must plan and execute an Eagle Scout Service Project comprised of approximately 72 man hours, and then present himself before a Board of Review where it is determined if he has sufficiently met the requirements necessary to advance to the rank of Eagle Scout. The earning of the Eagle Scout award is the culmination of years of education, dedicated leadership, and service to his fellow scouts and the community,” said Chatterley.
Creede Chatterley, a 16-year-old sophomore, designed the Raton Stinky Tunnel (pedestrian railroad tunnel underpass) Mural and Beautification Project for his Eagle Scout Service Project, in which he designed and organized the materials and volunteers to paint murals and mount ‘You Are Beautiful’ and ‘Raton: Your Pass’ signs on the pedestrian rail tunnels by the rail depot in Raton. “Through this experience, I learned what it takes to plan, execute, and do the paperwork for a project. Also I learned about all the great people in our community who work to make our town a better place,” said Chatterley.
“Scouting has been a great influence on my life; for example I went to Philmont Scout Ranch on a trek this summer called Rayado. It was a great experience; it taught me valuable leadership, team-working, and outdoor skills. I think that this is just one of the many great things that Scouting has done for kids around the world.”
Carson Chatterley, a 14-year-old eighth grade student, designed the Raton Veterans Memorial Landscaping and Fencing Project, during which he raised the materials and organized the volunteers needed to landscape and fence the Raton Veterans Memorial. “I learned that I am more capable and independent than I thought,” said Chatterley. “Being a scout helped me grow and learn as well as make friendships that will last a lifetime. I would like to thank everybody who helped with my project, specifically my dad (who happens to be my Scoutmaster) and the entire extended Edmondson family.”
As part of his Raton Humane Society Dog House Project, 16-year-old Raton High School sophomore Jacob Edmondson raised the materials and organized the volunteers to construct eight quality dog houses that he then donated to the humane society to house stray dogs. “Through this project I learned how many animals go without shelter in Raton,” said Edmondson. “Scouting has taught me great leadership abilities, along with giving me lasting friendships.”
“I’d just like to say that Scouting is a wonderful thing to participate in, and if you have the option to join it, I’d highly recommend it.”
Sixteen-year-old Primero sophomore Colten Dunlap designed his Bear Deterrent and Mitigation Project for the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. As part of the undertaking, Dunlap raised the materials and volunteers to make dozens of plywood bear deterrents, consisting of sheets of plywood with hundreds of screws drilled through them so that when they are placed screw side up it keeps bears from stepping on or approaching areas around which the boards are placed. Under the direction of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, he also used 55-gallon plastic drums to create bear deterrents. When the bear enters the barrel, which has been placed on its side, to get some bait, the bear is sprayed in the face with bear spray. This is designed to discourage bears from getting into trash cans and dumpsters.
“Through all the work that was put into my project, I learned the importance of leadership. Scouting has taught me a lot throughout the years. I have learned many practical outdoor skills that many of my generation don’t get to learn anymore. However, the most important lesson I have learned is working together with others. I have worked together with my troop to achieve many great things that I could not have achieved alone,” said Dunlap.
For his Raptor Habitat Construction Project, Christian Kamp, a 13-year-old eighth grade student at Raton High School, worked with Sugarite Canyon State Park to build and install a raptors nest on the point protruding into the far end of Lake Maloya. He had to construct the nest and then float the pole across the lake and erect it on the point. “When an eagle’s tree burned down at Sugarite Canyon State Park, I wanted to build a home for the eagle or other birds to live in,” said Kamp. “I learned that I still have a lot left to learn about leadership. It was great to see many people excited about the big project. Boy Scouts has led me to many fine people that I have made friends with. Scouting has been such an awesome experience, and I am glad that I’ve been able to be in it. I have learned life-saving skills, and it has been really fun.”
Sixteen-year-old Raton High School sophomore Chance Kamp completed the Tiger Drive Tree Planting and Irrigation Project, during which he worked with the City of Raton to lay out and plant trees along Tiger Drive. He also designed and helped install the irrigation for the trees. “I learned that the community appreciates my project,” said Kamp. “I had many people thank me and tell me good job as they drove by, and that was a cool experience. Scouting has been a really great experience, and I have enjoyed it. I have learned a lot and have had a lot of fun with my friends.”
Finally, Chase Kamp, also a sophomore at Raton High School, undertook the Duck Box Habitat Construction Project. Kamp worked with Sugarite Canyon State Park to design and build special boxes to be used as habitat/homes for ducks, and placed the boxes in strategic locations in the park for the ducks to use. “I have had many fun times and good memories at Sugarite, and I wanted to give back to the park. During my project, I was able to work with some really great people, and I learned a lot. I have received many compliments on the boxes, which means a lot to me because I know that the community notices and enjoys when youth are involved in a project. Scouting has had a positive impact on my life because I have learned valuable lessons and have had fun while learning. I would like to thank the community and everyone who has helped me along the journey.”
“I have worked with these boys since they were 11 years old, and to watch them grow and develop has been extremely rewarding,” said Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley. “When they entered the Boy Scouts of America program, they were just boys. They are now young men, poised to be husbands and fathers and contributing members of society and an asset to their communities. As Scoutmaster, I couldn’t be more proud of these young men and their efforts in achieving their Eagle Scout award.”