Flying high in the ranks of an Eagle Scout
Jack Dreyfuss earned his Eagle Scout ranking in April, and his love of scouting and art led him to create his final community-related service project, which was building 15 easels for Shiloh House. Dreyfuss (center) had the help of friends and other scouts working on his project.
By Lynne Marsala Basche; photos courtesy of Jack Dreyfuss
In April, Castle Pines resident Jack Dreyfuss joined only five percent of all Boy Scouts who earn the rank of Eagle, which is the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor. With a love of scouting and art, Dreyfuss used both passions to create his final community-related service project to complete his Eagle requirements.
Dreyfuss learned about Shiloh House, which offers specialized 24-hour care for youth between the ages of 5 and 18 experiencing severe behavioral and emotional issues, from his Eagle Scout mentor. He saw an opportunity to reach children through this organization by providing supplies and equipment for their art program. With funds donated by friends, family and other supporters, as well as other organizations such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, Dreyfuss built 15 easels with the help of friends and other scouts. In addition to providing easels, Dreyfuss also gave Shiloh House two storage cabinets stocked with art supplies, including drawing pencils, paint and canvas.
“This project was about serving the community, and the kids in our communities are important,” said Dreyfuss. “I love artwork. It is a good creative outlet for me, and I believe it is important for all kids to be able to be creative.”
Dreyfuss earned his Eagle Scout rank in Littleton with Troop 794, and he was a Boy Scout for six years before reaching Eagle status. According to Dreyfuss, “The road to becoming an Eagle Scout is all about learning life skills – everything from job interviews to leadership. Working on my Eagle Scout rank taught me work ethics, communication, good citizenship and much more. I wanted to earn my Eagle Scout achievement not just because it is highly recognized, but also because it prepared me for the rest of my life.”
A Rock Canyon High School graduate, Dreyfuss will be attending Oklahoma State University in the fall. While Dreyfuss is not sure what he wants to study, he knows the skills he learned preparing for his Eagle Scout accomplishment will continue to help him in college and beyond.