|Story and photo by Bruce Jendrusina
Bessemer - June 6, 2009
Local Boy Scout attains hallowed rank
Bessemer, Michigan - Along the way to Eagle,
most Boy Scouts get distracted by fumes says
Scoutmaster Bruce Jendusina. "Perfumes and
For a young man to make it to Eagle is quite
an accomplishment, "he said".
In the end, only about 3 percent make it
there. Now, Ryan Gustafson is one of them.
Ryan Gustafson 17, formally attained the
rank during an Eagle Court of Honor earlier
"I consider it very hard work that finally
paid off" he stated.
For his Eagle Scout service project, Ryan
organized a project to replace and build new
wood duck houses. He contacted the Ottawa
National Forest service and talked to him
about his ideas. They welcomed the help and
worked with him hand in hand in producing
the duck houses to an exact specification.
Followed by going out into the field and
replacing damaged ones and adding new ones.
Every year now they are cleaned and readied
for a new batch of wood ducks. The Forest
Service is please with the way the project
The ceremony at his Court of Honor was
attended by many Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and
friends for his guest speaker we were
honored by Judge Patrick Madden who stressed
how important an award this is for a young
man and it will follow him through life.
Ryan's time in Scouting has been great, He
has summer camped in Hawaii, Alaska,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, and three years on the
Governor's Honor Guard on Mackinac Island.
Ryan will be turning 18 within a year and
hopefully he will be a great asset to the
scouting movement. Thank You and
congratulations Ryan Gustafson.