Kenneth Joseph Basford, of Burnham, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. He was recognized March 14 at Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church in Palmyra, according to a news release from Barbara Basford.

A member of American Legion Troop 63, Kenneth is one of approximately four percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle Rank, according to Scoutmaster Rod Charette.

Kenneth has earned more than 50 merit badges, including the required Eagle badges. He also successfully completed a community-related service project to earn his Eagle. He chose to build bird houses for the American Kestrel, a predatory bird whose habitat is disappearing. He found an expert, planned the project, gathered materials, made birdhouse building kits, organized and implemented a building workshop, and then appropriately placed the birdhouses.

Kenneth is a senior at Maine Central Institute and hopes to attend Kennebec Valley Community College to study precision metal work.

He is the son of Rick and Barbara Basford, of Burnham.


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