DeValk earns Eagle Scout honor at 14

by Jim Boyle

Brandon DeValk, an Elk River High School freshman, is Troop 111’s newest Eagle Scout.

As a member of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, the Scout chose to make some improvements to the Mounds View house of worship he has attended since he was born.

As part of his project he replaced some worn tables in the church’s fellowship hall and he designed and built four large flower planters in front the church to replace the rotting ones that were there.

The planters were originally going to be built to the same size and specifications as the current ones; however, after watching people standing outside the church waiting for a ride he thought it would be nice to build a bench or two as well. The flower planters were modified to 3 feet with a 52-inch bench between two planters.

“With the help of my mentor, RJ Hedenstrom of Elk River, the design was created and recalculated for materials and cost,” DeValk stated.

Then on an unseasonably warm March day, two sets were built with the help of fellow Scouts and their parents, along with his family.

“Hedenstrom welcomed everyone to his home and garage,” DeValk stated. “He was instrumental in the success of these planters/benches.”

In order to start the project, DeValk needed money. His goal was to raise $2,500 and complete the entire project by May 13. He planned and hosted a roast beef dinner and silent auction at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church Feb. 19. The event was very successful, attracting about 100 people.

In terms of the entire project, DeValk spent 106 hours of planning and carrying out the project. There was a total of 400 service hours, with everyone involved in the entire project from start to finish.

Brandon joined Cub Scouts in 2004 and continued to be active in Pack 98 until crossing over to Boy Scout Troop 111 in 2009. He worked hard and had a goal to reach Eagle Rank by his 15th birthday. (He received it while he was still 14.) His Court of Honor where he received his award was held July 29.

He has held the position of senior patrol leader for the past year and will continue to be active in Troop 111. In the past years he has held the positions of patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and historian.

He has been on many troop outings including: Mystery Cave, Fred C. Anderson Camp, Ripley military base and more. He has also been to Many Point Scout Camp for the past four years.