Ham Lake teen from Troop 509 earns Eagle Scout award

Despite leaving Boy Scouts a couple of different times, Zachary Johnson always found himself drawn back into the organization.

Zachary Johnson of Ham Lake received his Eagle Scout award April 27. Photo submitted

Zachary Johnson of Ham Lake received his Eagle Scout award April 27. Photo submitted

Whether it was the wilderness adventures or the support he has found in fellow Scouts and Scoutmasters, Johnson is grateful to have continued on a journey he started when he joined Cub Scouts in first grade.

Sunday, Johnson was bestowed the highest honor in Boy Scouts, when he celebrated his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake.

Johnson, also a Ham Lake resident, described the moment as “awesome” and a “great sense of accomplishment.”

The Blaine High School senior joined Cub Scouts in elementary school and continued for a few years before deciding to pursue other interests.

It wasn’t until Johnson was in eighth grade and he was approached by the Scoutmaster forming a new troop, Troop 509, that he gave Boy Scouts another try.

After joining Troop 509, Johnson served as the troop’s first senior patrol officer.

He also participated in various troop activities, with his favorite being camping.

“I love being able to sit out in the wilderness,” Johnson said.

It was this love of camping that helped form the basis for Johnson’s Eagle Scout project.

He and a group of volunteers created two information kiosks for the Pine Bend Campground Association in Milaca.

Johnson describes the campground as charitable and a place where the Scouts camp often themselves.

The kiosks were assembled in Ham Lake and the Scouts took them to the campground when they were heading there for a pow wow.

Johnson is pleased with the project and with his years spent in Boy Scouts.

“It’s a great organization,” he said. “It’s a huge confidence builder.”

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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