Jared Lewis (Bennington, NH) was named an Eagle Scout by the Boys Scouts of America. The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank. Jared is the third Dublin senior to win this award (12% of the boys in the senior class) this year.
The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Jared has been a member of Troop 2 in Antrim for six years. To become an Eagle Scout, scouts must earn at least 22 merit badges. To earn these badges, a scout must master subjects like first aid, emergency preparedness, swimming, personal management, camping, physical fitness, cooking, and citizenship.
For Jared, the scouts have been a road forward to many of the things he does today, “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without scouting. All of my major interests started with scouting…”
A dedicated member of Dublin’s Mountain Biking, Nordic Ski and Crew teams, those passions were all fueled by scouting adventures. “My first real biking trip was a scout trip on Cape Cod riding a beat-up old bike.” At Dublin this year, Jared served as Captain of the Mountain Biking team and was ranked as a top 10 A division rider. His senior project involves designing and building a wooden mountain bike frame. In reflecting on his first trip and the growth since, he says, “The first trip was really hard. Now I can't wait to do a century”.
Similarly, being a member of the top-ranked Dublin School Nordic Ski team, is a long way from his first Nordic adventure, “The first time I Nordic skied, we took a bunch of old skis from the 1980’s and added leather strap bindings that we made.” Now, Jared is part of a team that uses top level equipment and prepares skis with high-tech waxes and base preparation based on the daily snow conditions.
Canoeing and kayaking led to both Crew and to his service project. Jared’s project was to build a kayak rack, changing area and clothing storage for the Crotched Mountain Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization serving children and adults with disabilities and their families. As a part of its mission, Crotched Mountain created the Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports (CMARS) program which allows people living with disabilities to participate in a range of accessible recreational and sport activities. Before Jared's involvement, there were only rudimentary facilities supporting the kayaking program. His project will make it easier and safer for program members to enjoy the water in the way that Jared does.