Washingtonville Boy Scout Achieves Rank of Eagle

Washingtonville - Kels Jensen, a Washingtonville High School senior and a Scout in Washingtonville Boy Scout Troop 16, achieved Boy Scouts' highest rank, advancing to Eagle in a court of honor held at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall, the location where he completed his Eagle project.

Kels met rigorous requirements in order to attain the rank of Eagle. These included earning a minimum of 21 required merit badges, and undertaking a service project in his community with the assistance of a volunteer crew.

For his project, Kels and his team of scouts and volunteers built a trail kiosk at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to mark the beginning of a new trail that continues into Black Rock Forest.

"The Nature Museum is a special place to me. Over the years, I have attended programs at the Museum, visited with the animals, participated in summer camp, volunteered as a summer camp counselor-in-training, and much more. I was very happy to be able complete my Eagle project  there so that others can enjoy spending time at the Nature Museum ," said Kels

"On behalf of everyone in Troop 16, it is my pleasure to congratulate Kels on becoming an Eagle Scout," said Troop 16 Scoutmaster Scott Santarpia.  "Attaining the rank of Eagle does not come easily. I had the opportunity to watch Kels learn, grow, succeed, and mature into an upstanding young man as he traveled along the trail to Eagle. As Scoutmaster, it is my privilege to be a part of the Eagle journey and celebrate each Scout's accomplishments with him. I know that Kels has a bright future ahead of him."

During his ascent to Eagle Scout, Kels earned 41 merit badges, held many leadership positions in the troop, including Grubmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, became a member of the Order of the Arrow, spent more than 50 nights camping, and taught countless skills to younger scouts. In September, Kels will attend the College of Saint Rose in Albany where he will pursue a degree in Education with a concentration in Social Studies and Special Education.

Headlining photo: Kels Jensen (left) shown with fellow Scout Kevin Wall (right). Photo provided.