Project to stop spread of invasive plants at Bishop Lake earns Eagle Scout rank

Ryan Boote's boot scrapers help stop the spread of invasive plants.

Ryan Boote of Troop 362 earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 9, 2018. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Boote’s Eagle Scout project was completed last fall at the Bishop Lake Recreation area. He installed five boot scrubbers at various locations on the hiking trails to stop the spread of invasive plant species. Boote successfully lead 27 volunteers for a total of 194.5 hours to compete his project.

As of the time he earned his Eagle rank, Boote had completed 26 merit badges, spent 80 nights camping, hiked 118+ miles and participated in 73 hours of community service. By completing five additional merit badges than the 21 required for the rank of Eagle, Boote was awarded a bronze palm. He has also earned special recognition for completing the Chief Pontiac Trail Circle of Fire, which involved participating in a day of community service, a winter hike, summer hike and a hike/canoe trek.

Boote has held many leadership positions in scouts including Patrol Leader, Scribe, Treasurer, and Historian. He also served as Den Chief for two years as well as Troop Guide for two years. He is a member of the Munhacke Chapter of the Kishatek Lodge 88 of the Order of the Arrow and is a founding member of Venture Crew 361 in Howell as well. Boote just completed his sophomore year at Howell High School.

Troop 362 is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and is currently chartered by the Howell Rotary Club. Inquiries can be sent to

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