Submitted by Trudy Meriedth

Ian Meriedth, a member of the Boy Scout Troop 77 and a resident of Crescent City, has earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers.

Only three to four percent of Boy Scout members ever attain this prestigious honor. He was the first Eagle Scout of 2018 from Crater Lake Council.

Meriedth, 18, achieved the 21 merit badges required to receive the Eagle Scout award, which included the World Conservation Award.

For his final project he collaborated with the Del Norte County Pound and rebuilt a rotted bench and restored the walking trails by spreading bark to help maintain overgrowth.

Meriedth would not be able complete this project without the help of other scouts from Troop 77, Justin Riggs and Volunteers of the Del Norte County dog pound, and construction tutelage from Pastor Bill Paquette. Home Depot for donated building materials for rebuilding the bench and GreenScapes Landscaping gave wood chips for the trails.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last Saturday at The Refuge Christian Fellowship in Crescent City. Nearly 100 family and friends attended.

Meriedth awarded mentor pins to David Mason and Pastor Bill Paquette of The Refuge Christian Fellowship for being instrumental in helping him achieve this honor.

Meriedth began his journey into scouting as a Tiger Cub Scout in the first grade and continued through Boy Scouts. He completed National Youth Leadership Training and became a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is a National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America.

Meriedth is a 2017 graduate of Castle Rock Charter School and is finishing his last semester at College of the Redwoods where he will graduate with an associate’s degree in political science. He recently enlisted in the Navy Reserves and is scheduled to attend basic training in December.