Legacy and leadership push Scouts to Eagle status

Legacy and leadership push Scouts to Eagle status

Evan Howe, left, and Raden Mikkelsen are being celebrated on Nov. 10 during the Eagle Court of Honor for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Behind them are the plaques of the 240 past Eagle Scouts from North Scituate Troop 1, including Mikkelsen’s dad and Howe’s brother. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SCITUATE – Two young men said the perseverance to finish what was started and the persistent leadership from the North Scituate Troop 1 Scout leader inspired them to graduate to the elite rank of Eagle Scout.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, Raden Mikkelsen, 19, and Evan Howe, 18, will officially obtain the rank of Eagle Scout during the Eagle Court of Honor at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, at 7 p.m.

For the boys, the path to reaching Eagle Scout was not always easy or clear. They spoke with The Valley Breeze & Observer at the Scout’s meeting hall beneath the Community House.

The hall has housed the Scouts since 1954 and has memorabilia on every wall from camping trips, badge campaigns, and community service events. Over the years, 240 Scouts reached the rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 1 North Scituate.

Troop 1 Scout leader Jack Stephens said he is proud of Mikkelsen and Howe for completing the journey. He said he pushed them to finish the Scouting programs because they had already worked so hard, and because so many do not.

“They always say to me they are sorry they didn’t finish. They regret it,” Stephens said.

Mikkelsen, son of Erik and Stephanie Mikkelsen, is a legacy in the troop as his father gained the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 1 as well.

Mikkelsen was almost out of time when he completed his application for Eagle Scout. Scouts need to turn in application two weeks before their 18th birthday to qualify, and Mikkelsen was down to the wire on his.

“We were down to the last few weeks when we turned in the packet,” Mikkelsen said.

For his Eagle Scout project, Mikkelsen installed a buddy bench at the Hope Elementary School playground. He said the idea is that if a student is lonely, they can sit on the bench to indicate to other students they need a friend.

“People will come up and make new friends,” Mikkelsen said.

He connected with an art teacher at Hope who provided painted tiles from each of the elementary students to surround the bench.

“There were a lot of moving parts to it, but we managed to get it to all come together and looking nice,” Mikkelsen said.

He said he is proud to follow in his father’s footsteps as an Eagle Scout. He said his first reaction to completing Scouts was a relief.

“I was like, finally. Then, I was really proud of myself for pushing myself to get it,” Mikkelsen said.

For Howe, son of Mary-Ann Hewitt and Robert Howe, the decision to apply for the top ranking came at the last minute. When he first started Scouting, he was in a different troop that was not a great fit for him, he said.

He said he went on a camping trip with Troop 1 and felt the connection that he was missing with his previous group.

“All the troops are run differently. It felt like a better match. I’m happy I switched, or I would not have finished,” Howe said.

For his Eagle Scout project, Howe refinished 25 antique chairs in the Scituate High School library. He said after the library renovations, the chairs “looked ancient” in the upgraded rooms.

Howe said the project was a reflection of his character as a self-described hands-on type of guy.

He said if it were not for the push of Stephens, he would not have made it. Down to the wire with a few months to complete his project, Howe said Stephens pushed him to finish Scouting and achieve Eagle rank.

“I feel accomplished in my work. I’m more proud I made it to Eagle Scout than anything else I’ve done,” Howe said.

Both Howe and Mikkelsen attend the New England Institute of Technology.

Mikkelsen is in his second year studying cybersecurity and networking and Howe is in his first year studying automotive technology.