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Stafford Scout now an Eagle


 Benjamin Stark of Troop 1717 earned his Eagle Scout award.
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Date published: 11/18/2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Benjamin Stark, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1717 chartered by Hartwood Presbyterian Church, received his Eagle Scout honor at a recent ceremony at the church. Eagle is the highest honor in the Boy Scouts.

At the Court of Honor, Benjamin was given a Stafford County flag by Supervisor Gary Snellings. Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, sent a flag that had flown over the state Capitol.

Benjamin began his Scouting career with Cub Scout Pack 578 at Rocky Run Elementary School. After earning the Arrow of Light Award in 2006, he joined Troop 1717. In the troop, he has spent more than 80 nights camping, earned 22 merit badges and completed more than 110 hours of community service.

He has held various leadership positions in the troop, including chaplain's aide, senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and patrol leader.

For his community service project, Benjamin worked to support the ACTS Turning Points project. He and his team repaired and repainted the interior of a women's shelter near Manassas.

The project included:

Planning and leading the team in moving furniture.

Taping, spackling, painting and installing door stops in about 20 rooms.

Organizing supplies, transportation, food, cleanup and safety concerns for the team of workers.

Benjamin is 18 and a senior at Colonial Forge High School. He hopes to attend Virginia Commonwealth University next year.