Saturday, August 19, 2017

Soon-to-be Eagle Scout spruces up Whitehall's Safety Town

As a Tiger Cub in first grade, Danny Sattler joined the Cub Scouts for something to do after school. In fifth grade, as a Webelo, he knew he wanted to advance on to Boy Scouts, this time attracted by the monthly camping and camaraderie. But for Sattler, becoming an Eagle Scout was never really in the stars. Until last spring, Sattler was content attending regular meetings, camping and participating in the many adventures scouting provided. He spent 12 days at the Philmont Scout Ranch in 2009, the Boy Scouts of America's premier high-adventure base in northern New Mexico, hiking 80 miles over some of the country's toughest terrain. He attended the Boy Scouts of America's 100-year National Jamboree in Fredericksburg, Va., along with more than 43,000 other scouts from across America. "Throughout most of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, there wasn't much of a goal," said Sattler this week, just days before his Eagle Scout Court of Honor, where he will receive the prestigious recognition. "I just wanted to have fun. "Then, just about a year ago, things changed." With little time left before his 18th birthday -- the deadline for all scouts to earn their Eagle rank -- Sattler set to work. He moved from Star Scout to earn his Life Scout rank, then began working on his Eagle Scout rank, which requires the completion of a major project involving many hours of preparation, hard work and leadership.

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