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Dakota and his family at the pavilion.

Dakota and his family at the pavilion.

(Alton) – Shepard’s View Residential Care Facility in Alton has a brand new gazebo on their property due to the efforts of Alton Troop 102 Boy Scout Dakota Keeney.

The Gazebo was built as Keeney’s Eagle Scout Project, which is one of the largest requirements to be completed before reaching the rank of an Eagle Scout, the highest rank and honor a Boy Scout can earn.

Keeney, who joined Troop 102 at the age of 11, says that “It means a lot to finally get here after all these years of scouting.”

Troop 102 Scoutmaster Bob Martin shared with Ozark Radio News that the Eagle Scout project is no small task:

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After over 100 man hours, Keeney, along with the assistance of his fellow scouts and scout masters, was able to complete the gazebo for his project.

A Boy Scouts journey to earning the rank of Eagle Scout is not an easy one. Many begin the program at the age of 10 or 11 and from there on, work up the requirement ladder to eventually become an Eagle Scout.

Keeney will be having his Board of Review meeting at the gazebo on Thursday July 11 in front of the Missouri Eagle Advancement Chairman and two others that chairman brings with him. The review board will ultimately decide if Keeney’s time and efforts during his time with Troop 102 deem him worthy to be named an Eagle Scout.

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