Dillon Shaffer, son of Jill and Terry Shaffer of Jamestown, a sophomore at Jamestown High School, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization.
The Northern Lights Council, composed of 10 districts that cover North Dakota and parts of Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana, awarded Shaffer with the 2018 Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year award for his project modernizing the youth computer lab at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jamestown.
Shaffer joined BSA as a Cub Scout in Pack 136 in 2010, hosted by Atonement Lutheran Church and under the Pack leadership of Juanita Hertz. Shaffer crossed over to a Boy Scout in 2014, joining Troop 163, hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church and under the leadership of Rob Hertz and Keith Domke. While a Boy Scout, Shaffer amassed 120 service hours, which included visiting nursing care facilities, planting trees, picking up trash around Jamestown Reservoir and assisting at Trinity Lutheran’s annual lutefisk dinner, VFW Patriot Days dinner and Cub Scout day camps.
To become an Eagle Scout, Shaffer had to earn at least 21 merit badges; 13 specific merit badges are required for the Eagle rank, including the Camping badge, which requires a minimum of 20 nights of camping. Eagle candidates also must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law and basic principles of service and leadership. Shaffer completed 39 merit badges and camped for 43 nights, including four trips to the weeklong Camp Wilderness near Park Rapids, Minn. Eagle Scout candidates must complete an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Shaffer conducted a cost-benefit analysis of computer options to replace outdated hardware in the youth computer lab at Trinity Lutheran Church to aid the staff and board in their decision as to how to update the lab. Shaffer installed the computers and a SmartTV, built five child-sized tables and benches and painted the floor.
In addition to the Eagle rank and award, Shaffer has earned the TR Award, named after President Theodore Roosevelt, based on 20 specific badges that encompasses many of the virtues and skills Theodore Roosevelt embodied: development of a healthy mind and body, good citizenship, strong conservation ethic, an understanding of the natural history of land around us, and the ability to handle oneself in the wild. Shaffer also earned the National Outdoor Award for Camping. While a Webelos Cub Scout under the leadership of Jill Shaffer, Dillon was one of the first boys in North Dakota to earn four BSA STEM Nova awards, for which he additionally received the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova award. He also was awarded the Messengers of Peace for helping to organize a golf-ball fundraiser for a family needing medical assistance.
Shaffer thanked Rob and Juanita Hertz, Keith Domke, Stewart Baumgartner, Atonement and Trinity Lutheran churches, the Rev. Kristi Weber, the Trinity Lutheran Church Board and his parents for their support in his path to the Eagle rank.