Alex Aikin, member of Boy Scout Troop 22 and Venture Crew 20, examining the flagpole that volunteers helped him install at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pavilion for his Eagle Project. Photo by Robert Aikin
- Teen installs flagpole at Sportsmen’s Club Pavilion for Eagle Project
After five years in Cub Scout Pack 20, seven years in Boy Scout Troop 22, and four concurrent years in Venture Crew 20, Alexander Aikin has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
The final step in the process was his Eagle project, installing a flagpole at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Archery Pavilion.
Aikin joined Cub Scout Pack 20 in the spring of his kindergarten year. One of his first scouting activities was attending Cub Scout day camp held at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club. He graduated from Cub Scouts in fifth grade by earning his Arrow of Light award then immediately joined Boy Scout Troop 22.
Aikin participated in many service projects and campouts while working his way through the Boy Scout ranks. He earned 35 Merit Badges, including the 21 required to attain the rank of Eagle. Aikin held several leadership positions in Troop 22 including Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Instructor, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Aikin’s fellow scouts voted for him to become a member of the Order of the Arrow (OA), scouting’s national honor society. Aikin was a Sioux Chapter Chief for the Yah-Tah-Hey-Si-Kess Lodge for a year. He attended National Youth Leadership Training and OA’s National Leadership Seminar to help develop his leadership skills.
Aikin spent one summer as a Councilor in Training at Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo, NM, where he helped wash dishes, was a campground host, assisted in the first aid shack, and taught the Pioneering Merit Badge. He also had the opportunity to attend three Boy Scouts of America high adventure camps. Aikin went on a scuba dive live aboard adventure at Sea Base, a Philmont cavalcade, and a canoe trek at the Northern Tier base in Bissett, Manitoba, Canada.
Aikin’s Court of Honor is 1 p.m., March 5 in Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave., Los Alamos, the original home of Boy Scout Troop 22.