New Eagle Scout Seiji Hansen. Photo courtesy of Alante Photography
On Nov. 11, Boy Scout Troop 72 on Queen Anne Hill awarded Seiji Kieran Hansen the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America. Seiji, son of Doug and Michelle Hansen, is currently a junior at Ballard High School.
Hansen earned his Eagle Scout rank on April 15, 2013. For his Eagle community service project, Hansen organized and managed the restoration of several stained-glass windows on the west side of the Queen Anne United Methodist Church (QAUMC) sanctuary. He wanted to honor QAUMC for sponsoring Queen Anne Troop 70 continuously since 1923.
Hansen was 6 years old when he attended his first Cub Scout pack meeting at Queen Anne’s Bethany Presbyterian Church, the longtime sponsor of Cub Scout Pack 70/72 and Boy Scout Troop 72.
Hansen learned about the importance of community service by participating in the annual Spring Scouting for Food program, collecting grocery bags full of food in Queen Anne neighborhoods and then delivering them to the Ballard Food Bank. Each fall, Hansen and his fellow Cub Scouts also sold popcorn at the Metropolitan Market and Trader Joe’s to raise funds for the troop.
At age 11, Hansen and four other Cub Scouts became Boy Scouts. During outings, the older scouts in the troop talked often about the value of working toward the Eagle Rank, a rank reach by less than 5 percent of all boys in Scouting.
Hansen also earned 21 merit badges and served in troop leadership positions, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and Order of the Arrow troop representative, a position he continues to hold today.