Newly minted Eagle Scout digs in for project
When Woodbury High School sophomore Brian Ingebretsen was living in Chicago in 2003, he saw an advertisement from one of his favorite football players urging boys to join the Cub Scouts.
Ingebretsen took his advice and joined.
"My dad kind of pushed me into it too," he said. "I joined into Cub Scouts and I had a lot of fun so I decided to continue into Boy Scouts."
Ingebretsen stuck with Boy Scouts all the way to the end.
He earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest Boy Scout rank, last October.
"Becoming an Eagle Scout was a goal, but my parents did do quite a bit of pushing and that definitely kept me going," he said. "I always respected a lot of the Eagle Scouts that would come out and I always thought it was a big deal, everyone made it out to be a huge deal, so I wanted to be a part of it."
Ingebretsen is a member of Troop 817 out of Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale.
In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must fulfill numerous criteria, including attaining 21 merit badges, demonstrating leadership and taking part in a scoutmaster conference.
The final requirement is to plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school or the community.
Ingebretsen's project was to landscape around Guardian Angels' flag circle outside the cemetery.
"I haven't seen it since after the snow, so I have to check it out to make sure everything's still alive and survived the winter," he said.
When it came to picking out a project, Ingebretsen said he immediately went to Guardian Angels, where his family are members, for ideas.
"I went to the church and asked if they had anything I would be able to do because I wanted to give something back," he said. "They actually had quite a few projects I could choose from."
Ingebretsen said he decided on the landscaping around the flag circle because it was in desperate need of being revamped.
"I liked the idea of making the church look a lot better," he said. "The flag pole before the project was just all open rock and a bunch of dead plants. It didn't look very nice, so I decided to make a difference."
Ingebretsen started off his project by meeting with the church chairman to work on the design and discuss how to complete the project.
When it came time to actually start the landscaping, Ingebretsen rounded up his fellow Boy Scouts to dig up all the old rocks and old plants before installing a new walkway and planting a variety of bushes and flowers.
It total, Ingebretsen said he spent 160 hours on the project; the actual landscaping took about 100 hours of that.
Ingebretsen is still heavily involved in Boy Scouts. In fact, he is going to be participating in a High Adventure Triple Play, where he will travel to Philmont, N.M., this July for a hiking and camping excursion.
Ingebretsen said Boy Scouts is something he would recommend to everyone.
"I suggest that people go into scouts because it's great for life lessons and you get to do a lot of things you wouldn't be able to do if you weren't in scouts," he said.
For his fellow Boy Scouts who are currently working on their Eagle Scout projects, he has this advice: "Definitely stick with it, put the hours in, because it's definitely worth it. But, be ready for anything because projects will change."