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Incline youth completes Eagle Scout project at St. Francis church

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Brian Wiebe, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 37 and student at Lake Tahoe School, recently completed his Eagle Scout project; the construction of five benches for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village.

The project involved leading the efforts of more than 15 people and required over 100 hours of combined effort.

Working with Father William Nadeau of St. Francis of Assisi, Brian explored several options for his Eagle project and eventually opted to build benches for placement in front of the prayer wall on the church's terrace.

With the help of Peter Angella, a local contractor and fellow Eagle Scout, and Rod Soule, District Scout Executive and Eagle Scout Mentor, Brian designed custom benches to fit the space.

With approval from the BSA Nevada Area Council, Brian raised the money needed for the project through donations from the St. Francis parishioners. He then sourced the materials for the project through local merchants including Village Ace Hardware, which donated the hardware and stain, and Spitsen Lumber which donated the wood at their cost.

Spitsen Lumber even contacted their supplier, Nu Forest Products of Healdsburg, Calif., which offered to supply the wood for this project at their cost as well.

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Working over two weekends with the help of his fellow Scouts and adult leaders, including Peter Angella, and Russ Bradford, a teacher at Lake Tahoe School, he managed a team of six adults and seven Scouts to cut, stain and assemble the benches.

With a projected budget of $850, Brian exceeded his fundraising goal and brought the project in well under budget; the remaining donations will remain with the church.

"Brian's creative idea, to design and build benches for our outdoor gathering area, is a clear example of how he lives out our parish vision statement; by actively being committed to sharing his love, time, talent and treasures in ministering to the needs of others," Nadeau said.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout requires a progression through the BSA ranks of advancement, earning a minimum of 21 merit badges (13 that are required), serving in a position of responsibility for the troop, and planning, developing and providing leadership for a service project.

The scout must then pass a Scoutmaster's conference and an Eagle Board of Review. Once all are completed successfully, he earns the rank of Eagle. Achievement of the Eagle rank is rare, with less than 5 percent of all registered Scouts achieving the rank.

Brian has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since age 7 and earned his Arrow of Light in Cub Scout Pack 37. He then joined Troop 37 and advanced quickly through the ranks; achieving the rank of Life Scout last year.

Leadership is one of the core principles of Scouting. And during his time with Troop 37, Brian has served in numerous leadership positions including Scribe, Webmaster, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and most recently as Senior Patrol Leader. Brian has additionally earned 29 merit badges in a variety of subjects, including all of those required for the Eagle rank.

Brian hopes to complete his remaining Eagle requirements over the summer and plans to continue his path in Scouting to help mentor younger Scouts, further develop his leadership skills, and work for the betterment of his community through service.

Brian wishes to express his sincere gratitude to Village Ace Hardware, Spitsen Lumber, Nu Forest Products, the Scouts and adult leaders of Boy Scout Troop 37, and the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi for making this project a resounding success.

This article was provided on behalf of Incline's Boy Scout Troop 37. Visit bsatroop37.org to learn more.