On May 30th 2017, Kirkland resident and Boy Scouts of America, Troop 579 member, Tom Balback successfully completed his Eagle Board of Review and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He expects to schedule his Eagle Court of Honor and celebration sometime later his summer. His Eagle Service Project involved the implementation of a Nature Walk with 20 plant and tree identification markers on the rear property for the Troop’s charter organization, Lake Washington Christian Church. His project supplemented others done at the church in efforts to restore native plantings, create inviting paths, and a welcoming bench surrounded by nature. You can learn more about that on their website lwchristian.org/chrp.html
The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. It is a recognition by the National Court of Honor, presented through the local council and a local court of honor. In the 44 year history of Kirkland Troop 579, Tom is their 75th Eagle Scout.
Troop 579 serves Scouts in Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, and the surrounding area. Chartered in 1973, the Troop is part of the Sammamish Trails District and Chief Seattle Council and meets at John Muir Elementary School on Monday evenings during the school year. In 1974, the Troop awarded its first Eagle rank.
For more information about Troop 579, go to Troop 579 on Facebook.