Summit Country Day School sophomore Oren Jenkins has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest attainable rank in the Boy Scouts of America. He was awarded his Eagle Scout medal and badge at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony conducted on Sept. 22 in St. Cecilia Hall at The Summit.
To achieve Eagle Scout status, a scout must complete the necessary requirements including earning at least 21 merit badges as well as planning and leading a major service project.
For his Eagle Scout project, Oren conceived of and received approval for the idea of restocking the Bond Hill Food Pantry. The pantry shelves were depleted after serving the needy from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
Beginning in Dec. 2017 and concluding in Feb. 2018, his project collected more than 52 boxes of nonperishable food items, hundreds of personal care and cleaning items and monetary donations.
Pantry coordinators estimated the donations helped feed between 350-400 families.
“This project helped fulfill all the duties of scout to serve God and other people,” Oren said. “It helped create a greater sense of community and allowed those who are more fortunate to give back to the community where they live and work. This experience will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Back in February, with the support of The Summit community, parents, fellow scouts, family and friends, Oren repeated his efforts to restock the pantry’s shelves. Once again, his team donated enough food and supplies for hundreds of families.
“The organization has stood by me, helping me grow as a person spiritually, mentally and physically,” he said of the Boy Scouts. “It has challenged me to better than I thought I could be.”
In addition to being a scout, Oren is involved with the boys’ soccer and basketball programs. He also volunteers his time at Matthew 25: Ministries and serves at The Church of the Resurrection. He’s interested in art, literature, writing and music. A talented musician, Oren is proficient with a trumpet or saxophone.