Scouts soar in Eagle ceremony

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Sequim Gazette staff

Two Boy Scouts recently celebrated earning their Eagle rank in style.


Keil Wood, 18, and Will Hays, 16, flew into their Court of Honor via helicopter on Dec. 21.


Troop 90 sponsor Bryon Gunnerson flew the boys in with his helicopter and the duo gave the Scout sign after landing and walked to their ceremony around a campfire on Hays’ property.


A crowd of friends, family and both sets of their parents Karl and Jordi Wood, Karl is Troop 90 Scoutmaster and Venture Crew adviser 2490, and Ken and Joanna Hays greeted them.


Each Scout fulfilled a number of requirements including earning at least 31 merit badges in their Scouting career, and leading a community service project. For their Eagle Scout projects, Wood repainted the Sequim High School parking lot and Hays built and installed park benches at Pioneer Park.


Keil started Cub Scouts in first grade and Will in third grade and both said they considered stopping at different junctures but felt they needed to at least earn their Eagle rank.


“I realized I was having a lot of fun and if I had quit, I would have missed out on a lot,” Wood said.


Hays said he wanted to start what he finished in Scouting, too.


Each Scout was given a commemorative pin to hand out, which Wood gave to Brian Cays for his constant support and Hays to Karl Wood.


Keil Wood, who attends Montana State University, said he plans to help a local troop in the Bozeman, Mont., area, while Hays intends to help out some with Troop 90 before turning 18.


Both Scouts are members of the Order of the Arrow, an honor society within Boy Scouts.

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