Scout’s path to Eagle rank is the blood of life for others
July 7, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
As he works to attain prestigious Eagle Scout status, Joshua Hauschildt wants to help people by making a lasting contribution. So, the 17-year-old Eagle Scout candidate chose something vital for his final Scouting project: a blood drive.“I love helping people and this fits me,” he said, noting how traditional Eagle Scout projects usually include trailhead maintenance and similar efforts. He also noted how a single pint of blood could save three lives.
He organized a blood drive July 11 at Community Church of Issaquah. His duties entailed picking a service project, organizing the drive and recruiting volunteers. Hauschildt hopes at least 60 donors turn out for the daylong drive. His goal is to attract at least 20 first-time blood donors.
Hauschildt worked with organizers at Community Church to secure the venue. He drafted volunteers from his Scout troop to pass out cookies to people who have given blood. Professionals from the Puget Sound Blood Bank will conduct the donations.
Hauschildt attended Issaquah School District schools through his freshman year at Liberty High School. He graduated last month from Kent-Meridian High School. He plans to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard after he attains Eagle Scout rank. He works as a lifeguard at Wild Waves, the Federal Way theme park.
Scouts must meet requirements related to leadership, service and outdoor skills to become Eagle Scouts. During the final stage, Eagle Scout candidates must complete a service project.
Hauschildt holds the rank of Life Scout, attained through demonstrated leadership, service projects and a slew of merit badges.
He became involved with his Scout troop while he was in elementary school; he still attends troop meetings and campouts. After the blood drive, he will submit final paperwork to attain Eagle Scout status.
At the final ceremony, “your troop comes out to congratulate you,” Hauschildt said.
If you go
Eagle Scout blood drive
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Community Church of Issaquah
205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W.
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