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Local Boy Scout
Attains Hallowed Rank

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 car fumes."

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 this year.

"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 has gone.

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.  is a Michigan, Non-Profit Media Corporation


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