Zachary Hansen Talks Boys Scouts

How long have you been in Scouts and what made you become interested in joining?

I started Cub Scouts when I turned eight years old.  As an 11 year old, I became a Boy Scout.  My dad is an Eagle Scout and I have always wanted to be like him.

What is your favorite part about being in Eagle Scouts?

I have not yet earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank that a Boy Scout can achieve in the scouting program.  To earn the rank of Eagle, a total of 21 merit badges must be earned and a scout must carryout a leadership service project that benefits an organization, church, school, etc. within the community, other than Boy Scouts of America.  In addition to this, I must serve in a leadership position within my troop for six months before I can advance.  My favorite part of the scouting program is learning new skills and going on camp-outs with my troop.  I will likely become an Eagle Scout and sit in the Eagle’s Nest with my Dad, by the end of this year.

What are some things that Eagle Scout has taught you?

The scouting program and through carrying out my service project, “Hydrating the Homeless” has taught me how to be a better leader.  I have learned how to ask for what I need to be able to carry-out a successful project.  I have learned that people within the community are generous and like to help others when they can.  I chose to do my project through The City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Program in conjunction with the United Food Bank.  I was asked to I collect a minimum of 5,000 bottles of water and I set a goal to collect and donate 20,000 bottles of water.  With the help and support from members of my church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), my school (The Center for Educational Excellence), friends, family, neighbors, and local retail stores, I was able to collect and donate 40,045 bottles of water to the United Food Bank on September 6th.  It was amazing!  My entire school collected donations for my project.  We had a week long contest between classes to see which class would donate the most.  Mrs. Harmon’s 6th grade class won the contest.  Students and their families, and faculty members of The Center for Educational Excellence donated approximately 4200 bottles of water for my project!  All of these donations will be dispersed throughout the valley where they are needed most.  Through scouting, I have learned the importance of being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  I have also learned a variety of skills as I have worked on and completed 30 merit badges and served in various leadership positions.

What parts of Hawaii have you been to and what is your favorite thing about traveling to Hawaii?

As a family, we have been to Kauai, The Big Island, and Maui.  My favorite part about being in Hawaii is spending time in the ocean.

How did doing push-ups as a stipulation in order to play the Wii come about and how many do you have to do?

It started as a joke!  My Dad decided it was a great idea for me to have to do 100 push-ups before playing video games and my mom strongly supported the idea.  As a result, I am getting stronger and the push-ups are getting easier!

How old were you when you first traveled to Hawaii, Utah and California?

I was 18 months old when I first traveled to Kauai.  I lived in Utah for the first 6 1/2 years of my life.  I was about 7 years old when we first traveled to California to go to Disneyland and California Adventures.

What is your favorite memory in California with your family?

I love going to Disneyland and California Adventures.  My favorite rides include Space Mountain, Star Tours, Indiana Jones, California Screamin’ and Tower of Terror.

When you and your family travel to Utah what types of thing do you do?

We enjoy the seasons.  We love the mountains, the snow, sledding, skiing, riding ATV’s, and spending time with friends.

What types of church activities do?

The scouting program is basically the youth program for boys in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We participate in camp-outs, service projects, and other social activities including sports, learning about etiquette, and ways to become better citizens in the community.

Out of science, social studies and math which is your most favorite and why?

My favorite subject in school is Social Studies.  My teacher, Mr. Pasinski, teaches the class in a way that is really fun and interesting.

Zachary Hansen is a 8th grader at Center for Educational Excellence

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