Milaca has a new Eagle Scout.
Chris Amundson of Milaca Boy Scout Troop 19 has earned the organization’s highest honor. He appeared before the Gateway District Eagle Board in mid-April and completed the board of review process. He will officially be presented the honor in a ceremony in late May.
As part of the process, Amundson was required to meet before the four-person board, composed of Scouting leaders from the region. He had to answer questions about his character, leadership skills and service project.
Amundson’s project was one that families of deceased veterans of the community can appreciate: He worked to engrave the Milaca American Legion Post name and number on the back of 758 grave site markers.
Those markers will be evident at the end of next month on Memorial Day at cemeteries in Milaca, Foreston, Bock and Pease.
The engravings were required on the markers for insurance purposes because similar markers have been the target of thefts across Minnesota. The project took 108 hours to complete.
To be considered for the Eagle Scout honor, not only does a Boy Scout have to complete an Eagle Scout project, but the candidate must earn 21 merit badges and hold leadership positions in his troop.
Amundson will work this summer at Camp Wilderness in Park Rapids. He is the chief of the Order of the Arrow in Central Minnesota, which is a service organization for members of the Boy Scouts.
He is working on earning a second prestigious award, the Order of the Arrow Triple Crown Award. To earn that award, a Scout must attend three major Scout camps before turning the age of 21. Last year Amundson went on an 80-mile backpacking excursion in the mountains of New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Ranch.
This year he will go on a two-week canoe trip on the Canadian side of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by way of the Northern Tier Canoe Base. Next year, Amundson will travel to the Florida Keys and attend the Florida Sea Base, where he will sail ships and scuba dive.
Amundson is the son of Chuck Amundson and Jennifer Amundson.