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Honors awarded in double ceremony.

Byline: EAGLE SCOUTS The Register-Guard

A double Eagle Court of Honor was held Oct. 24 for Erik Larson and Ben Gardner, both members of Troop No. 100 in Eugene. The ceremony took place at at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Eagle Scout is the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts.

Larson, a senior at Sheldon High School, is the son of Rik and Bonnie Larson of Eugene.

He has earned 28 merit badges and received the Arrow of Light Award, Order of the Arrow and World Conservation Award.

He is a junior assistant scoutmaster, and has held several leadership positions including senior patrol leader.

He participated in camping, boating and fishing, and he hiked 56 miles at Philmont Ranch.

His service project renovated the Stewart Pond Wetlands observation deck in west Eugene. It included building a bench, adding handrails and guards, placing gravel in the parking area and laying a freshly mulched walking path. The project required more than 100 hours and 30 helpers.

Gardner, a University of Oregon student, is the son of Alex and Karin Gardner.

He has earned 34 merit badges and received the Arrow of Light Award.

He has attended five summer camps and held several leadership positions including patrol quartermaster.

He participated in forestry, biking and computer technology, and he hiked 56 miles at Philmont Ranch.

His service project was an instrument drive for the John G. Shedd Institute of the Arts Foundation. He planned and organized several concerts and private donations to support the Shedd's needs-based music lessons.
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Title Annotation:Oregon Life
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 14, 2010
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