2013-01-10 / Family

Saluting Our Scouts

Ben Harvey Ben Harvey Ben Harvey, 16, earned his Eagle Scout rank in August and was recognized for his achievement at a ceremony Dec. 9 in the Teledyne Technologies auditorium.

Many friends, family and fellow Scouts attended the event.

Thirteen other Eagle Scouts from Ben’ s troop and family welcomed him into the brotherhood of Eagles.

Ben’s Scoutmas ter, Bill Ackerman of Boy Scout Troop 761, presented the award.

The troop is chartered by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Thousand Oaks.

Ben’s older brother, Anson Harvey, also an Eagle Scout and a 2012 graduate of the Air Force Academy, served as master of ceremonies.

Scouts Chase Herman, Scott McDonald, Greg Hans and Colton Myers participated in the flag ceremony and color guard. Scout Matt Dacanay led the flag ceremony.

Scouts Nick Korpinen and Jonathan Ely were also involved in the ceremony. The adult participants were assistant Scoutmasters Jim Lueck, Loren Dacanay, Lee Misraje, Steve Henderson, Ken Tomlinson and Dwight Harvey.

Ben started his Scouting career at age 6 as a Tiger Cub with Pack 3786 in 2002. He earned the God and Family religious award and Arrow of Light with all activity badges before entering Boy Scouts in January 2007.

As a Scout, Ben earned 23 merit badges, spent 112 nights camping, and also hiked, backpacked and canoed.

He attended five summer camps and completed a 10-day Philmo nt 80-mile backpacking trek as well as a six-day 100- mile canoe trip down the Green River in Utah with side trips to Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon national parks.

Ben was elected to the Order of the Arrow in 2009. During this time he also earned a black belt in to-shin do.

He played on several club water polo teams and participated in the Junior Olympics in 2010.

Ben’s Eagle project benefited his elementary school, the former Meadows Elementary School, now called Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School (MATES) in Thousand Oaks.

His project required 220 man-hours and consisted of excavating 408 square feet of dirt and grass around two large planters that the school uses to teach about plants.

The area was then prepared to accept sand, pavers and gravel. This project eliminated the excessive amount of mud created after rain and watering the plants.

Ben is a junior at Oaks Christian High School, where he competes in varsity water polo and swimming. He earned an academic award in water polo in 2010 and 2011, and Rookie of the Year in swimming and water polo in 2010.

After graduation, Ben hopes to attend university as a water polo player.

He is the son of Dwight and Patti Harvey of Thousand Oaks.

Editor’s note: “Saluting Our Scouts” is a new feature aimed at highlighting the accomplishments of Boy and Girl Scouts in the area.

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