Boy Scout Troop 90 has a long history in Elk River.
Clarence Anderson was its first Eagle Scout in 1953. Throughout the years, 56 more Scouts have received the Eagle Award, including Troop 90’s newest Eagle Scout, Nicholas Griffiths, who received his award at a Court of Honor held in December.
“When I joined Cub Scout Pack 98 in first grade as a Tiger Cub, I wasn’t thinking about becoming an Eagle Scout,” Griffiths said. “I’m not sure I even knew what that was. But year after year, and through earning each rank, you begin to understand the purpose behind Scouting.”
Griffiths has learned that each requirement, each merit badge, each outing, teaches you something about life and more importantly, something about yourself.
In 2006, Nick crossed over into Troop 90 and during his Scouting career he participated in many outings which culminated in 33 merit badges and 91 camping nights, including a trip to the 100th anniversary of the Scouting National Jamboree. He was also elected to the Order of the Arrow in 2009.
With three sons, the Griffiths family has always been active in several activities including Scouting. Nick’s younger brothers, Jake, a freshman, and Zach, an eighth-grader, also have ambitions to achieve Eagle.
“There is nothing better than to see your child work hard and accomplish their goals, especially one as esteemed as this,” said his mother, Jill Griffiths, on behalf of herself and her husband, Bob. “The path wasn’t always easy, but Nick stayed on course and was determined to finish. We are very proud of him, as we are all our boys.”
Nick’s Eagle project was done at the Elk River Chamber of Commerce building. With the approval and guidance of Executive Director Debbi Rydberg, he refurbished the large deck, including repairing and replacing loose boards and spindles, scraping off the old paint and repainting the entire structure. He also did some landscape work by cleaning out some overgrown planting beds and adding new shrubs.
“I encourage every Scout to stick with it,” Nick said. “There will be times you’ll want to quit, you’ll get busy with other activities and sometimes you might even get teased that you’re a Boy Scout.
“The thing is, once you’re an Eagle Scout, you’re always an Eagle Scout. You become part of the elite group of the 4 percent that finish.”
Nick is a senior at Elk River High School and has been accepted to attend the University of Minnesota, Duluth in the fall.