Coon Rapids scout achieves Eagle Scout award

Coon Rapids High School senior Matthew Lerdahl will complete an 11-year journey by achieving the rank of Eagle Scout Sunday, Nov. 24.

Matthew Lerdahl

Matthew Lerdahl

Lerdahl, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 415, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at Blaine Fire Station No. 3. The public is invited to attend.

To be awarded Scouting’s highest award, Lerdahl had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop and complete a major community service project.

His service project took place at Faith Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids. He led over 30 volunteers in the re-sanding of the church’s softball field. Over 150 hours were spent completing this project.

“Thanks to the tireless work of Matthew and a number of hard working volunteers, the field is once again in proper condition,” said his mother Debbie Lerdahl..

Lerdahl has been a member of Troop 415 for six years. He has served as the troop’s librarian, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

He has also traveled to Philmont, one of the largest Scout camps in the world, with the troop.

Lerdahl plans to attend the United States Air Force Academy or the University of Notre Dame, where he will pursue engineering, next fall.

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