BRAINERD — The management of Venture Crew 2075 announced that they officially presented their first female Eagle Scout award on April 30 at the Northland Arboretum.
“Kayla Grady-Toole, 18, is the first woman to be officially granted the rank of Eagle Scout in the Brainerd Lakes region and one of two selected for this honor,” said Venture Crew Advisor Aurora Burgstaler, in a news. Release.
Family and friends, many of whom are Eagle Scouts, gathered to honor his accomplishment.
Grady-Toole has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since women were allowed to join the BSA Scouts in 2019. She has served as a member of Girls’ Troop 43, Venture Crew 2075, and the Brainerd Dispatch Explorer Post.
Eagle Scout is the highest honor Scouts can present to a Scouts BSA member. In order to earn the Eagle Scout Award, a Scout must complete a rigorous set of requirements, including leadership, merit badges, and service work. The Scout must also demonstrate them by completing an Eagle Scout project, which must benefit an organization outside of Scouting.
“For her Eagle Scout project, Kayla worked with the Brainerd Noon Sertoma Club to design and build a new light display for the Clubs Winter Wonderland Light Show, held at the Arb each winter,” said Kim Erickson, who was master of ceremonies. at the Cour d’Honneur, in the press release.
“The new displays are 18 feet tall by 15 feet wide and feature a cat and dog wearing Santa hats. The project took approximately 111 hours to design, cut, bend, weld, paint and wire. This is the first new exhibit the club has added in nearly five years and they look forward to adding it to the show this winter.
Grady-Toole was presented with her Eagle Scout Medal by her mother Nicole Toole during the ceremony.
She also received the American Legion’s Good Citizen Award from former District Commander and Eagle Scout Paul Edwards. She was given an eagle statue which her grandmother Joy Toole painted for her as she had done for her father-in-law, uncle and cousin, all of whom were featured with them during their art lessons. Eagle Scout honor.
“I joined scouting because when I participated in the various activities with my stepfather, I had a lot of fun,” Grady-Toole said. “I was a founding member of two units now as my Scouting life progressed. I have been through and endured a lot over the years but I have always kept moving forward and am now here today “today. It means a lot to me to become an Eagle Scout. I had a whole bunch of people before me in my family who became Eagle Scouts and I’m proud to be part of this group now. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my family and friends.
Grady-Toole presented her mother, Nicole, and stepfather, Kenneth, with parent pins and her grandparents Bob and Laurie Turner and Joy Toole with grandparent pins. She also presented a mentor pin to Kim Erickson.
Grady-Toole is currently a senior at Brainerd High School and enrolled in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program at Central Lakes College. She is preparing to graduate, with honors, from both at the end of this term.