Sequim’s Cobb earns Eagle Scout milestone

SHS class of 2015 graduate completes scouting feat just before age cutoff

By the time Mikey Cobb approached his final days at Sequim High, he’d already amassed an estimated 85 merit badges.

The longtime Boy Scout still hadn’t capped his Scouting career with the treasured Eagle Scout ranking.

Mikey and his father, Scout leader Michael Cobb, figure he’d had enough merit badges to go for Eagle Scout by the time he was 12, but life got in the way.

“It was mainly procrastination,” Mikey says, that kept him from the Eagle.

In the waning days of late spring as his 18th birthday — and the Eagle Scout age cutoff — neared, Mikey Cobb got to work. It paid off in late May as the Troop 1492 Scout earned his Eagle Scout. His culminating project for the service project was a carpet-ball table for the Sequim Community Church that youth group members can use for a Bocce-like game.

Mikey Cobb started with Scouts as a kindergarten student in Port Townsend and transferred to Pack 4490 until 2008, when he joined Troop 1492, where he’s been since. With his father as Scoutmaster along the way, Cobb started accruing merit badges for various skills.

Cobb’s final project, he says, started with a fairly small scope, then grew to large proportions — “They wanted me to build a lean-to roof and retaining wall,” Cobb says, “So I said, ‘Let’s tone it down’ — and finally into a free-standing structure. Cobb says he got plenty of help, from businesses Thomas Building Center, Sequim’s The Home Depot, Karl Allen Roofing and McCrorie’s Carpet, and individuals Rita Adragna, Debbie Crane, Hayden Crane, Julian Glavin, Dan Rigg, Tim Bittner, Bill Wheeler and Ron Markley.

Key to the project, Cobb says, was Thomas Building Center. “They gave me pretty much everything (I needed),” Cobb says.

The week of his 18th birthday, Cobb and company finished the project and, on May 28, presented it before the Eagle Board of Review, which bestowed the Eagle Scout rank upon the recent Sequim High graduate.

In late August, Cobb is headed to Illinois to attend North Central College, where he’ll run for one of the top NCAA Division II cross country programs (defending national champs and 16 titles in school history) and study chemistry — maybe. “Subject to change,” Cobb says about his major.

He’ll take the rank of Eagle Scout — and the skills he earned from more than a decade of Scouting — with him.

“I learned a lot of useful skills and things to know,” Cobb says, “(and) earning your Eagle takes a lot of dedication.”