Elias Bunn, 16, earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank the Boy Scouts of America offers. He is a member of Troop 513 and a Glendale resident.
Only about 6% of all Boy Scouts ever attain this prestigious honor. This accomplishment represents seven years of adventure, fun, hard work and dedication to the Boy Scout program.
To satisfy the requirements for the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership for his troop and community by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project. For his project, Elias built two new picnic tables and ensured the tables provided shade for the members of the Community Resilience Day program at Southwest Behavioral and Health Services.
When asked about why he wanted to earn his Eagle, Elias stated, “I know becoming an Eagle Scout will help me have a better future. Scouting has tested me and pushed me while I learn real-life skills. Some of my favorite memories in scouting have been from what we refer to as ‘level-two’ kinds of fun, like hiking 60 miles through Philmont with my dad. At the time I did not realize how much the experience was changing me or how much I would appreciate it later.”
Elias is a junior at Mountain Ridge High School and plans to study and pursue a career in graphic design. He enjoys gaming, creating music and is an active member of Crew 1912 of AZ where he continues to participate in high adventure, leadership and community service.
Elias is the son of Matthew and Wendy Bunn and the brother of Madelynn. His Court of Honor ceremony will be held at Pioneer Village History Museum at 2 p.m. Nov. 29. Family and friends are welcome to attend.