Six Eagle Scouts honored from Troop 613

Staff report
Posted 12/5/18

On Dec 2. six young men from Boy Scout Troop 613 were recognized with their Eagle Scout award — Jackson Darling, Ethan Hensley, Ethan Hesse, Kyle Knaut, Connor Lussow, and Trevor Purta. These young …

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Six Eagle Scouts honored from Troop 613

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On Dec 2. six young men from Boy Scout Troop 613 were recognized with their Eagle Scout award — Jackson Darling, Ethan Hensley, Ethan Hesse, Kyle Knaut, Connor Lussow, and Trevor Purta.

These young men started their journey together in Pack 613 at Kyffin Elementary School as Cub Scouts. They went on to earn their Arrows of Light, together, and then crossed over to Golden's Troop 613, together, for many more adventures. Over the last year and a half, one by one they completed the requirements of the Eagle Scout rank, but chose to wait for each other, so that they could stand together one more time, and be recognized for earning the highest rank the Boy Scouts of America can award to a member.

Never before has Troop 613 had six Scouts stand together for this Eagle Scout ceremony.

Individually, they raised thousands of dollars to complete six community projects in Arvada, Golden and Lakewood since 2016. They serve their schools and communities in a variety of other ways, always taking the ideals of Scouting with them while participating in church youth groups, marching bands, sports and academic clubs.

Darling's project involved the planning and organizing of decorations in support of a fundraiser dinner, called Into the Night, for the Colorado Teen Project (CTP). CTP helps kids who are exiting the state foster care program through scholarships, job opportunities, housing and other resources. By working with the event sponsors the event successfully raised more than $15,000 that will go to teen housing assistance.

Hensley's Eagle Scout Project came to light when he was approached by the principal of Golden High School. Brian Conroy asked him to build a fence between the creek and the football field for safety reasons. He raised $1,030 to purchase all supplies needed and organized the volunteers to construct the fence, it was completed Aug. 20, 2016.

Hesse's Eagle Scout project helped the Golden High School PTA purchase and install a much needed shed. He raised $1,995 to put towards the total cost of $3,196.09. He coordinated the installation with the Golden Fire Marshal, Golden High School, Jefferson County and Ted's Sheds before construction could begin. Then a team of scouts and parents painted the shed and installed shelving.

Knaut's Eagle Scout Project involved painting the ramps on the temporary buildings at the Fletcher Miller School for Disabled Children in Lakewood. He raised all money needed and put together a team of volunteers. They finished the ramps early and paintied two extra sets of stairs and another platform.

For his Eagle Scout Project, Lussow raised $1,750.00 and a team of volunteers to construct two raised garden beds for Concordia Lutheran Church in Lakewood. The church will use these gardens to grow food for the Jeffco Action Center. The project had several hundred dollars left over and this money was donated to the church to fund additional garden beds to raise even more food for the local families in our community.

Purta's focus and project took place in Arvada. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of the nation's largest multidisciplinary arts centers and is devoted to all aspects of the arts. They were in need of a transportable cabinet with shelves. His team raised money for supplies and then designed and crafted two cabinets, doubling their moveable storage needed.

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