BALLSTON SPA — Drake McDonough of Boy Scout Troop 2, recently achieved Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, and was recognized for his accomplishment at a Court of Honor at Christ Episcopal Church on Mar. 27.
In his pursuit of attaining Eagle, McDonough dedicated 12 years to learning and practicing life-long skills and volunteered countless hours of time to community service and activity. Drake joined Cub Scout Pack 1, Ballston Spa, in 1st Grade with many friends, received his Arrow of Light, and continued scouting with Boy Scout Troop 2, Ballston Spa.
McDonough has earned 25 merit badges, is skilled in long-trip backpacking, canoeing and hiking, and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, a fraternal organization that recognizes scouts who best exemplify the Scout oath and law. His three most notable high adventure experiences were a 10-day, 95 mile canoe trip on the Allagash River in the Maine wilderness, a five day backpacking trip in the Cranberry Lakes region of the Adirondacks and snowshoeing Snowy Mountain, also in the Adirondacks. He has helped maintain parts of the Wilkinson Trail in the Historic Saratoga Battlefield as a member of Troop 2 and their commitment to community service.
The new Eagle Scout has held Troop positions of Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Webmaster. This past summer and fall, McDonough worked steadily on his Eagle Scout Service Project, meeting with the Town of Malta, planning, raising money, and leading a group of Scouts installing Ballston Spa’s first public bike repair stand. The stand is found on the popular Zim Smith bike trail, located next to the kiosk, in the Shenentaha Creek Park.
As an avid biker, McDonough recognized the need for a stand in the community and the Zim Smith was a great, centrally-located place to put it. The stand offers a place to hold your bike while using common tools, which are secured to the stand, to make repairs and minor adjustments. A Facebook page for the stand has been set up to help promote and share the benefit of the stand in the community www.Facebook.com/Zim-Smith-Public-Bike-Repair-Stand
Drake carries on a long family tradition of scouting in the Ballston Spa-Saratoga-Glens Falls area. His father, Eric McDonough is an Eagle Scout, a former Den Leader of Pack 1 and is a Leader in Troop 2. Drake’s uncle, Bruce McDonough, is an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster of Troop 11 in Saratoga Springs. Drake’s grandfather, Robert McDonough, was a Scout in Saratoga Springs and Scoutmaster of Troop 6 in Glens Falls. Drake’s great uncle, John (Jack) L. Davison, Jr., originally from Saratoga Springs is an Eagle Scout. Drake’s great grandfather, John L. Davison, Sr., who grew up in the house that are now parish offices at 15 West High St., and his father, Ralph H. Davison were both Scouts. Additionally, Drake’s brother Colin McDonough, a sophomore at Ballston Spa High School, is a Life Scout and is beginning to work on his Eagle Scout Service Project.
Currently a senior at Ballston Spa High School, McDonough expects to graduate in June with an International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as an Advanced NYS Regents Diploma with Mastery in Science and Math. He is a member of the BSHS tennis team, is an avid skier, mountain bike rider, and all around great outdoorsman. He plans to enter a 4-year degree program in the fall studying Geology and Environmental Sciences.
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