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Local Scout helps out Hospice of Kitsap County

Boy Scout Ryan Murphy, right, chats with Ty Vandergriff, the head chef and maintenance custodian at the Fred Lowthian Care Center, as part of his Eagle Scout project.  - Courtesy photo
Boy Scout Ryan Murphy, right, chats with Ty Vandergriff, the head chef and maintenance custodian at the Fred Lowthian Care Center, as part of his Eagle Scout project.
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Ryan Murphy, 17, was out at the Fred Lowthian Care Center last week completing a service project as the final requirement to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

Murphy led a group of about 20 other Scouts of various ranks from Traceyton Troop 1506.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership. This includes an extensive leadership project that the Boy Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and badge that visibly recognizes their accomplishments.

Ryan’s father, Dr. Murphy, is one of the physicians for Hospice of Kitsap County and Ryan’s mother, Roseanne Murphy, is a Merit Badge Co-ordinator for the troop.

“Dad saw a need at the hospice and put me in touch with Ty Vandergriff, (head chef and maintenance custodian at the Fred Lowthian Care Center) who showed me what work needed to be done,” Ryan said. “I developed a plan to weed, plant new flowers, hang flower baskets, mulch and build a shed to prevent the trash from getting rained on.”

Kandee Jenson, director of administrative services for Hospice of Kitsap County said, “These boys have been terrific and shown a great ‘can-do’ attitude. Having a nice garden is important for our patients and families. We would struggle without volunteer help to achieve this.”

Other businesses or organizations looking to have “team building” days or conduct service projects or conduct service projects can contact Jenson at 360-698-4611.

 

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