BALLSTON SPA — Jonathan Harrison Blake received his Eagle Scout Award at a recent Court of Honor, held at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. Blake is a member of Troop 1, which has been sponsored by Ballston Spa United Methodist Church since 1913.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank a scout has to master numerous scout skills, demonstrate leadership skills and citizenship. A scout has to earn 21 merit badges of which 12 are required, perform hours of community service and have held leadership positions in the troop.
Finally, a scout has to plan, organize and supervise a major service project that will benefit a chosen organization. The project demonstrates the scout’s leadership and organization skills. Many times, the scout’s and volunteers’ time put into the project exceeds 100 hours.
Blake’s Eagle Scout project was the development of a butterfly garden and reflection area at the Town of Malta Ecological Park on Malta Avenue. The project included building a raised plant bed with butterfly attracting fauna and the installation of a blue stone bench. Blake met with Town of Malta officials to understand the town’s plan and guidelines, then present the project plan to the town board for approval.
Blake started his scouting career as a member of Cub Scout Pack 1 earning his Arrow of Light Award in 2007. He has been an active member of Boy Scout Troop 1 serving as scribe, troop guide, patrol leader, and junior assistant scout master. He has earned 24 merit badges, was a 12 consecutive month’s camper and attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree in 2010.
He was elected to the Boy Scout’s Order of Arrow in 2009, has earned the God and Church award and has worked on staff at the Boyhaven Cub Scout Camp, as a lifeguard.
Blake is a member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and a senior at Ballston Spa High School where he is a candidate for the Regents diploma with advanced designation and honors. Jon is ranked in the top 10 of his class and has been a 2 year member, and current treasurer, of the National Honor Society.
He has received varsity letters in soccer and lacrosse and is a past recipient of the scholar athlete award. Blake provides tutoring to middle school students, participates in the math club, and is a member of the district safety team. Blake is a certified lifeguard and works at the Ballston Spa High School pool.
Jon, as he is known to his friends and familiy, comes from a family of Eagle Scouts. His grandfather, Guy Harrison became a Troop 1 Eagle Scout in 1941; his uncles Glenn Harrison and Wayne Harrison became Troop 1 Eagle Scouts in 1968 and 1971, respectively; his cousins Brendon and Devin Harrison (Wayne’s sons) became Eagle Scouts with Troop 7 from Gloversville, NY in 2002 and 2005. Jonathan’s brother, Kevin, became a Troop 1 Eagle Scout in 2012.
Blake plans to attend college to major in Business or Finance and has been accepted at Boston College, Marist, University of Albany, Hartwick College, and Siena College. He is the son of Lynne and Jeff Blake of Timber Trace, Ballston Spa.
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