Trent Buenzli of Troop 454 in El Dorado Hills achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor Sunday, Sept. 9 at Beal’s Point in Folsom.
The lake and an enormous flag in the background, as well as several hundred little flags gently blowing in the wind, set the tone for this Eagle ceremony. More than 100 family members, fellow varsity football players and coaches, friends, teachers, troop members and dignitaries attended. Trent, currently a junior at Oak Ridge High School, is a tight end and linebacker on the varsity football team and a distinguished scholar, posting a 4.13 overall GPA, and is ranked No. 2 in his class.
Trent started his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Pack 454 in the first grade. Cub Scouts ended for Trent in 2007 after receiving his Arrow of Light. Trent bridged to Boy Scouts into Troop 454 under the guidance of Scoutmaster Elvis McCann. Trent’s leadership positions entailed assistant patrol leader, as well as troop guide and chaplain’s aide, both for two terms each.
Trent’s Eagle Scout community service project, which took more than 215 man hours to complete, benefited Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills by restoring a creek area central to the school’s campus. his was done by removing weeds and brush to restore the creek’s flow and to prevent further erosion, lining the banks with more than 18.5 yards of river rock, planting several trees and then placing bright blue river rock into the shape of an interlocking OR, the school’s logo, to beautify the overall area. Funds for the project were donated by family, friends and local businesses.
Trent said his fondest memories of Scouting come from summer camps where he participated in activities — hiking, camping, sailing, shotgun shooting, rifle shooting, archery, swimming, kayaking and fishing, while completing numerous merit badges. At summer camp Trent was known as being a gifted marksman using a rifle or shotgun. In rifle shooting he was able to qualify for the dime club (shooting five rounds all within the circumference of a dime) four separate times, the sign of an exceptional marksman.
This summer Trent was very fortunate and got the opportunity to be casted for the new television series on National Geographic, “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?” He had a great time getting experience in the entertainment industry and being able to represent his troop, family and community on national television. The show will air this fall.
Trent said he would like to extend his thanks to all of the people that have helped him along his journey through Scouting and life.