Montrose gains two more Eagle Scouts from Troop 123
MONTROSE – Achieving Eagle Scout is the highest advancement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Montrose BSA Troop 123 recently celebrated the achievement of two young men who attained Eagle; they are Evan Kinder and Steven Maneke.
Each chose his own path, earning many merit badges before taking on the Eagle project.
Kinder joined the Boy Scouts in second grade. Over the years, he earned 38 merit badges. His most difficult merit badge was Citizenship in the World. His favorite was earning the Kayaking merit badge.
Kinder’s Eagle project involved building a suspended shelf near the ceiling of the Montrose Railroad Depot. The shelf was designed to allow a G-scale model train to run on small tracks along the ceiling of the Montrose Railroad Depot.
The G-scale train was donated in the summer of 2015 by Ed Soper of Montrose. Kinder said it took about a month of weekends to completely build the project; it was finished in November of 2015. It was ready just in time for Santa’s visit to the depot for Christmas festivities. Kinder completed the paperwork and went through the Eagle Scout board of review process during 2016.
Denny Crispell, who is Kinder’s uncle, has worked with him throughout his scouting experience, including the Eagle project. Crispell is a volunteer for the Montrose Railroad Depot, which inspired the project to suspend the train at the depot.
The project investment included $650 worth of track; the lumber was donated. Approximately 15 to 20 volunteers helped install the shelf, which required the use of scaffolding to make it safe for the volunteer workers. The project was completed in November of 2015.
Kinder said his inspiration for pursuing the Eagle Scout award was “Seeing the other boys in the troop who achieved Eagle and wanting to follow in their footsteps.”
Maneke joined the Boy Scouts during first grade. He earned 65 merit badges. He said the most difficult merit badge to earn was the Citizenship in the Community badge. His favorite was Small Boat Sailing.
Maneke’s Eagle project was to build a pavilion at the West Vienna United Methodist Church in Clio. The pavilion is 24 feet by 32 feet. The Boy Scout Troop did three fundraiser dinners to raise the approximately $3,500 needed to purchase the materials. Maneke said they also received a generous donation for the project from the Brent Run Landfill.
He explained that from the fundraiser dinners to construction, it took approximately 2.5 months to complete the project. It took approximately 35 to 40 volunteers between the church, the troop and family members to complete construction. The project was completed in September of 2015.
Maneke said he was motivated by his brother, Robert Maneke, who earned Eagle Scout in 2012. His older brother was a highly-decorated scout and Steven Maneke wanted to surpass his brother’s achievements.
Steven Maneke said, “My brother earned 50 merit badges, so I had to earn more than he did. He got his Eagle at 17; I earned mine at 16.”
Both Kinder and Maneke were asked what they like about Boy Scouting.
Maneke explained they learn good morals and can learn a lot through earning merit badges. “You can do a lot of cool things; like climbing, swimming, finger printing, rifle shooting, cooking, wood carving, welding. And if you get to Eagle, it’s a sense of satisfaction, something you can show your kids someday,” Maneke said.
Kinder said, “Scouting gives you a well-rounded experience into many different things.”
Kinder’s mother, Marianne said, “We’re blessed to have a lot of good strong leaders in Montrose.”
Chris Maneke, Steven’s dad, said he has been on a lot of camping trips with the troop. He also explained that both boys had to “get into leadership roles as very young scouts and learned to work as a team to make sure events go smoothly. The boys do all their own planning, camp set-up, cooking and cleaning, as well as running the weekly troop meetings.”
For more information about Montrose Boy Scout Troop 123 in the Water and Woods Council, contact Scoutmaster Dan Corcoran at (810) 399-7728.
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