Elijah Spencer Saba will be presented with Scouting’s highest honor on March 9, 2019 in Pasco, WA, the Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America has announced.
He is the son of Kim Spencer and Rufino Saba of Pasco. Elijah is a member of Troop 130, chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His Scout leader is Steve Christensen.
To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Elijah had to earn 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing, and completing a community service project. Elijah also earned a Bronze Eagle Palm for achieving the completion of 26 merit badges by the time he reached Eagle.
For his project, Elijah organized an event for TROT (Therapeutic Riding of the Tri-Cities) helping disabled children build shelves for the riding arena. He organized volunteers to assist with the event and raised needed funds by selling peaches through “Fresh Picks”. His entire project took 163 hours to complete.
Elijah is home-schooled and he also attends Columbia Basin College and Tri-Tech Skills Center where he is learning Japanese animation & game design. In addition to Scouting, he is also involved in horseback riding, coaching gymnastics, & Aikido. Elijah is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is currently serving one weekend a month in the Army National Guard.
The rank of Eagle is earned by less than four percent of all youth who join Boy Scouts of America. In 2018, 121 boys in the Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America earned the Eagle Scout Award, providing over 17,124 service hours.
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