Boy Scout sets out to help wounded warriors

Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Holgate will host a two-day supply and blood drive at Ramstein and Vogelweh Monday and Tuesday in an effort to support the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center and Armed Services Blood Program.

***image1***Monday, Andrew − along with help from fellow scouts and Kaiserslautern American High School football players − will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ramstein North Chapel Annex. At the same time, Andrew will oversee a supply drive at the Ramstein Base Exchange. He will accept donations of new items including socks, phone cards, shorts, toiletries, blankets and electronic games.

Tuesday, Andrew and the scouts will move operations to Vogelweh, where a blood drive will be at the Vogelweh Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a supply drive will be a the Vogelweh Base Exchange.

“Many of our nation’s Soldiers will benefit tremendously whether it is blood that saves their life or donated supplies that provide a little extra comfort as they recover,” Andrew said.

Only three percent of all Boy Scouts earn the top rank of Eagle Scout. They must complete a large-scale community project. Andrew planned this two-day drive and will oversee the logistics and other volunteers to earn his Eagle Scout rank.

In addition to the Eagle Scout project, earning the highest rank takes a lot of time and work. Scouts first must complete all of the requirements of the various ranks from “Basic” scout to “Life.”

Besides these, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, 11 of which are considered Eagle merit badges and the other 10 can be any of the other 121 available.

A scout must also be active in his troop and hold a leadership position for one year. Once these have been completed, the scout may start his Eagle project.

(Story and photo courtesy of Holgate family)