Christopher Lee McClanahan, age 15, of Oak Harbor, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. He earned the award on Oct. 3, 2012, and will be recognized in a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest hall at 210 Jefferson Street in Oak Harbor.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Only about 5% of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank. Christopher earned 21 merit badges and successfully completed a community service project to earn his Eagle Scout Award.
For his project, Christopher chose to relocate the Land Lab from Carroll Elementary to R.C. Waters to benefit the Benton-Carroll-Salem students. The Land Lab is a hands-on interactive classroom which teaches kids about green energy and taking care of the environment. Christopher raised over $3,000 in donations from local businesses plus over $1,700 in discounts on materials. The project consisted of relocating six raised flower beds, pouring a 140 ft. concrete walkway, reconstructing a welcome archway, relocating park benches, reconstructing a message board, pouring a concrete slab to construct a new shed on, attaching gutters to the shed, constructing two rain barrels, constructing a compost bin, relocating a bird house, picnic tables, castle wall and landscaping around the focal points.
Christopher crossed over from Cub Scout Pack 163 in 2007 to Boy Scout Troup 316 under Scoutmaster Roger Carpenter. Christopher has served as Patrol Leader and is currently Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Boy Scout Troup 316 and Den Chief for Cub Scout Pack 613 for which he earned the Den Chief Award. He has been Den Chief for the same group of boys since they were Tiger Cubs and they wilol soon cross over to Boy Scouts.
Christopher is a freshman at Oak Harbor High School and is active in band, soccer and basketball. He is the son of Danna McClahahan and Dean Veverka of Oak Harbor and of Matthew McClanahan of Herriman, Utah.