Perham's Jayce Brown earns Eagle Scout Award
The Eagle Scout Award is the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award.
Jayce M. Brown, 15, of Perham has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the Eagle Scout Award. He will be recognized in a ceremony March 20 at the ITOW Museum in Perham.
Doors open at 1 p.m., ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
A member of the Perham Rotary Club Troop 321, Brown is one of approximately 6% of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank worldwide. In the United States that percentage drops to less than 2%, so it is quite rare, according to Scoutmaster Steve Felt.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle; Brown chose to build picnic tables for Scout Park.
During the process of his project, he contacted local businesses and organizations to help with funding. Several made contributions, including Crane Johnson Lumber, Ace Hardware, Perham VFW Post 4020 and Auxiliary, and Thrivent.
The Perham Fire Department helped to build the tables, after Brown attended a fire department meeting and asked for their assistance. Other scouts also helped with the build process.
“I didn’t realize how fast firemen worked until they helped me build the tables. They aren’t only fast at responding to emergency calls; they can build six picnic tables in less than two hours,” said Brown.
Each group of firefighters took scouts under their wing and showed them how to measure, what tools to use and why.
"It was a great experience for all of us. We really enjoyed working with them," said Brown.
Brown completed his Eagle Board of Review on Nov. 30, 2021 and recently received final approval from the National Boy Scouts of America, Felt said.
Brown plans to continue in scouting. He said he enjoys being a part of the group and wants to encourage other scouts to work to get their Eagle Scout rank. He plans to attend the National Jamboree in West Virginia in 2023.