Queen Anne Boy Scout Troop 72 celebrated two new Eagle Scouts — Queen Anne’s Nick Saether and Magnolia’s Duncan Fowler — in a 90-minute ceremony at Bethany Presbyterian Church (1818 Queen Anne Ave. N.) on Jan. 4.
Each of a dozen Scout ranks were represented by Bethany’s Cub Scout Pack and Troop 72, from first-grade Tiger Cub through Eagle Scout.
36th District Rep. Reuven Carlyle spoke of the need for values, as well as the skills to develop the integrity needed in the community — the types of skills and values taught in Scouting.
Fowler spoke of character built by challenges like hiking through a driving rainstorm on the Olympic Peninsula, pulling together as a team to help the younger Scouts reach the end of the trail, again emphasizing the values taught and practiced in Scouting.
Saether spoke of the special lifelong bond he has with other Troop 72 Eagles with whom he has rafted, hiked, canoed, biked, kayaked, rock-climbed and camped in the wilderness.
Testimonials were given by Troop 72 executive officer Brian Beaumont, Scoutmaster Jeff Cropp, assistant Scoutmaster David Rice and Garfield High School drama teacher Stewart Hawk, all of whom are Eagle Scouts.
Life Scout Brian Cropp served as Master of Ceremonies. Bethany elder Brian Beaumont gave the invocation and benediction.
Saether and Fowler have traversed hundreds of miles and spent scores of nights under the stars together, canoeing and portaging 70 miles on the Bowron Lakes circuit in British Columbia, hiking more than 50 miles in the southern Rockies of New Mexico, rafting 45 miles through Class 4 rapids on the Deschutes River in Oregon, rowing a longboat canoe across on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho and kayaking off the Oregon coast. Troop 72’s motto is “Get Off The Hill.”
The ceremony was followed by a reception in Bethany’s Fellowship Hall, attended by Scouts, families, as well as several Scout leaders and Eagle Scout alumni.
Troop 72 has had 79 scouts reach the highest rank of Eagle Scout in the last 88 years.