James Sanders, a member of Troop 1, received his Eagle Scout Award at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church. Sanders is the son of Dee and Tom Sanders, of Ballston Spa.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a scout has to master numerous scout skills; demonstrate leadership skills and citizenship; earn 21 merit badges of which 12 are required; perform many hours of community service; have held leadership positions in the troop; and 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.
Sanders’s Eagle Scout project involved clearing and leveling land and building a patio for the residents to use at an AIM Services residential house. AIM is a nonprofit agency that provides services to individuals with disabilities — from developmental to traumatic brain injury and much more.
Sanders started his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Pack 1 sponsored by United Methodist Church. He crossed over into Boy Scouts Troop 1 in 2007 and attended the 2013 National Jamboree at Camp Summit in West Virginia. Other scouts in Troops 1 elected Sanders as senior patrol.
He also was elected to the Order of the Arrow, which is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America.
Sanders graduated from Ballston Spa High School in 2015 and learned automotives at BOCES. He competed in national competitions through the BOCES and made it to the state-level competition twice for teaching auto skills.
Sanders is attending Fulton County Community College continuing to study in the automotive trade. While attending college, he is working at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.