Benjamin Joseph Rose of Boy Scout Troop 461 Earns Eagle Scout Award Teen replaced 136 feet of trail steps near the San Dimas Nature Center

Benjamin Joseph Rose was presented with Scouting’s highest honor at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church in Covina, California. Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of David and Lisa Rose of who reside in Covina, California. Ben is a member of Troop 461, chartered by St. Louise de Marillac Catholic Church. In order to achieve the rank of Eagle, Ben earned 21 eagle merit badges and demonstrated leadership by planning, developing and completing a community service project at the San Dimas Nature Center. The Nature Center and hikers alike benefitted from the replacement of 136 feet of wooden trail steps improving the safety and enjoyability of the trek down the local foothills.

Ben began his scouting journey as a Tiger in 2007 with Cub Scout Pack 457 of St. Louise de Marillac in Covina, California. During the 5th grade, Ben showed his duty to God by volunteering as an Altar Server at his parish, St. Louise de Marillac and continues in this ministry. He ended his Cub Scout career by earning the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scouting’s highest award.

In February, 2012 Ben “bridged over” to Boy Scout Troop 461. Among his achievements, Ben has completed over 101 nights of outdoor camping, hiked an excess of 136 miles and earned 47 merit badges. Ben has earned all four Catholic Scouting religious medals, which in turn earned him the prestigious Chi Rho patch.

Ben has demonstrated strong leadership positions in his troop as Bugler, Historian, Scribe, Chaplain’s Aide, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Asst. Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and currently holds the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster position. Ben was honored by his Troop and District as Outstanding Boy Scout of the Year in 2018.

Ben attended Charter Oak Unified School District’s Cedargrove, Royal Oak Middle School and is currently graduating in May from Charter Oak High School. Ben is in Honors International Baccalaureate (IB) classes and participates in the cross country and swimming sports program at school. He also has participated in recreational baseball, soccer and hockey sports. His in-line hockey team just won their winter finals in West Covina.

Ben enjoys helping and working with younger scouts and assists adults to build scouting skills in hiking and camping. He is going to be working at Camp Cherry Valley this summer as a camp leader before attending California Polytechnic University, Pomona, in the fall, majoring in Business.