Student earns Boy Scouts highest ranking

Aaron Trapp is one of the outstanding young men in the Rockford community and has been recognized recently by Boy Scouts of America with the organization’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Many may have met Aaron during the summer months as he worked on his family farm in Grattan Township. His family owns the Trapp Berry Farm. Aaron is now 17 years old and is a junior at Rockford High School, where he has been involved in the arts program and has been in the choir for three years, performing in several school musicals. He has also been on the high school wrestling team for the past three years.   Aaron has also been involved with 4H and in the past seven years he has taken part in many 4H activities and been the president of his club for one year.

Aaron has been a Scout since he was six years old—first, as a Cub Scout in Pack 3228, and then a Boy Scout in Troop 228. Both Scout units are sponsored by the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church.

Aaron has served his troop by being Historian, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. These leadership positions, along with those that Aaron held in 4H, have helped prepare him for the task of overseeing his Eagle project and earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

For his Eagle project, Aaron installed two concrete pads for the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Along with the concrete pads, Aaron also installed a bench and a fire ring. One of the pads was for the church’s trash dumpster and the other for the Boy Scout equipment trailer.

The concrete pads helped free up space in the parking lot, and the fire ring and bench provide an outdoor setting for the youth of the church to gather and enjoy time around the camp fire.

When Aaron was asked why he chose this project, he responded, ” I wanted to do something for the church that has been supporting Scouts all these years that I have been in Scouting.”

To fund his project, Aaron sought donations and received many from local businesses, including Herrington Excavating and Richard’s Electric. For the balance of needed funds, Aaron held a bake sale he in conjuction with the Bostwick Lake church bazaar

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