On December 27, 2012, Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) athlete and Boy Scout Troop 300 member, Blake Anderson, received the highest honor in Scouting – the rank of Eagle Scout. Since joining the troop in March 2009, Anderson has advanced quickly, taking on many difficult tasks that are required to advance through six Boy Scout ranks.
Troop 300 Scoutmaster, Ralph Wells, has witnessed Anderson’s progress and achievements since Anderson began nearly four years ago.
“He’s developed a lot more confidence through Scouting,” said Wells. “To see him work so hard – a lot harder than some of the other boys have to work – it’s been a joy to watch his accomplishments.”
To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Anderson completed skill and test requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Anderson also completed a community service project, which is required of all Boy Scouts seeking to be named an Eagle. For his service project, Anderson spent his time overseeing an electrical wiring project for Whiting Community Church in Neenah, Wisconsin. Anderson has also experienced the benefits that Scouting has brought to his life.
“Being a Boy Scout has taught me about being compassionate,” said Anderson. “I’ve learned how to be good leader.”
Anderson has been involved in Special Olympics for three years, participating in track, basketball, football and softball. Like Boy Scouts, he has seen how his involvement in Special Olympics Wisconsin has helped him grow and succeed.
“Special Olympics makes me healthy and teaches me about teamwork,” said Anderson.
“We’re all proud of Blake’s accomplishments both on and off the playing field,” said Dennis Alldridge, CEO of Special Olympics Wisconsin. “Special Olympics strives not only to help our athletes improve their sports skills, but also the life skills they learn by participating in our organization. Special Olympics prepares them for achievements in other aspects of their lives. Blake earning the rank of Eagle Scout certainly exemplifies that preparation.”