Grandson of local resident awarded Eagle

BATH MAINE – Benjamin Huebler of Troop 621, sponsored by the American Legion Smith-Toby Post 21, Bath, Maine was awarded the rank of Eagle on Nov. 18, 2013. As he has attained the rank of Eagle and is now the age of 18, Ben has “aged out” as a Scout but continues to serve Troop 621 as an Assistant Scout Master.

Ben is the son of Joseph Huebler and Kristina Nielsen of Bath. His paternal grandparents are William and Marianne Huebler of Escanaba; maternal grandparents are Ronald Nielsen of Freeport, Maine, and Sandra Knowlen of Bath. He is a senior at Morse High School in Bath, Maine, and plans to attend college or possibly join the U.S. Army after graduation.

The Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement rank, the Eagle Scout badge is earned by just over five percent of all Boy Scouts, and requires a rigorous program that combines traditional outdoors acumen and environmental science, with civic involvement and community leadership, as shown by the achievement of over 20 merit badges by each candidate, and completion of a major community service project.

Ben has served in Troop 621 as a Patrol Leader, Bugler, and Chaplain and completed his scouting career as Senior Patrol Leader. He hiked for 14 days over 97 miles through the rugged and remote back country of New Mexico at the Philmont Scouting Ranch with his troop in 2011. Ben relished the many adventures he had with the Troop including summer camps at Camp Roosevelt in Bangor, Camp Hinds in Sebago, Tumbledown Mt, Jamborees and other Troop Events.

Ben’s grandfather, Bill Huebler, was associated with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for over 40 years has served as Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster as well as Chairman in the Red Buck District of BSA. His father, Joe Huebler, was a Cub Scout and Scout and served as Cub Master of Troop 621. His mother, Kris Nielsen, has served Troop 621 for over seven years as secretary and as a Merit Badge Counselor.