Coon Rapids Scout is presented with a $1,000 award

Michael Moen of Coon Rapids was awarded a $1,000 Eagle Scout Scholarship at the Gathering of Eagles at Base Camp near Fort Snelling.

Michael Moen (center), Coon Rapids, receives $1,000 Eagle Scout scholarship at Gathering of Eagles with Eagle Scout Scholarship Committee Member Tyler Zerhig (left) and Eagle Scout Network Chairman C.R Hackworthy (right).

Michael Moen (center), Coon Rapids, receives $1,000 Eagle Scout scholarship at Gathering of Eagles with Eagle Scout Scholarship Committee Member Tyler Zerhig (left) and Eagle Scout Network Chairman C.R Hackworthy (right).

This year the Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America awarded 32 $1,000 scholarships to candidates demonstrating outstanding troop leadership, scholastic achievement and strong citizenship to the community.

The council’s scholarship program has awarded more than $390,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1990.

Moen is a member of Troop 212 chartered to the Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625 in the Three Rivers District.

During his Scouting career, Moen was a vice chapter chief for the Order of the Arrow in charge of communication for his troop.

His Eagle Scout service project was organizing groups to help clean up 15 yards for elderly citizens in his community.

Moen is graduating from the Perpich Center for the Arts in Golden Valley.

At Perpich, he was the president of both the French club and math league.

Following graduation, Moen will attend Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.

The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank in Scouting.

Only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank.

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the first Eagle Scout award was given in 1912.

To commemorate the anniversary, Baylor University conducted a research study.

Results show that Eagle Scouts are more likely than other Scouts as well as non-Scouts to participate in healthy recreational activities, show greater connectedness to friends and neighbors and are committed to setting and achieving goals.

For more information on this study visit www.northernstarbsa.org/News.aspx?articleID=1254.

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