Eagle Scout Samuel K. Bernier. Contributed photo

Family and friends, along with local officials, gathered Dec. 14 at the Waterville Lodge 33 on County Road for the presentation of Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout rank, to Samuel K. Bernier.

Bernier, 15, is the son of Daniel and Jen Bernier, and is a sophomore at Waterville High School.

Christopher “Montawagon” Bernier of the Bomazeen Bushcraft program, left, presents a tomahawk to Eagle Scout Sam Bernier. They are not related. Contributed photo

This past summer, Bernier led his Eagle Scout project for the Waterville Community Land Trust. Bernier, a group of Scouts and other volunteers established a community park on the banks of the Kennebec River, which required hours of site preparation, planting and erosion control.

“Doing a lot of work when it was really hot was hard,” Bernier said, according to a news release from Chuck Mahaleris, district vice chairman for Kennebec Valley District of Scouting. “Dealing with things that were out of my control like weather and weeds was also difficult. Planting 91 plants in two new gardens was a hot, difficult job. Not all of the plants did well at first. Slugs damaged some of the plants in the Woodland Garden. Transporting water to the site was not an easy job, but we ended up with a lot of rain, and that helped.”

State Sen. Scott Cyrway of Albion presents a legislative sentiment to Eagle Scout Bernier.

He also pointed to unexpected challenges with aggressive Japanese Knot Weed, invasive roses and scrubby weeds.

“I was surprised that so many people were so willing to donate money for materials and plants,” Bernier said. “These donations allowed me and my team to focus on the two gardens instead of fundraising.”

State Sen. Scott Cyrway, a former Scout leader himself, presented a legislative sentiment introduced in the House by Reps. Bruce White and Colleen Madigan and by himself in the Senate.

Jen Bernier, right, pins the Eagle Scout medal on her son’s chest during the ceremony. Contributed photo

Camp Bomazeen’s Bushcraft Director Christopher “Montagawon” Bernier of Winslow (no relation) presented Bernier with a tomahawk.

City Councilor for Ward 1 Mike Morris and a representative from U.S. Senator Susan Collins also made presentations.

Bruce Rueger, Sam’s Scoutmaster, served as master of ceremonies and called Bernier “an outstanding Scout. He truly personifies the Scout Oath and Law. You can see the positive impact Scouting has had on this young man who has been in the program since he was a Tiger Cub (kindergarten).”

Waterville City Councilor Mike Morris shared his congratulations. Contributed photo

When not involved in Scouting, Bernier enjoys swimming and is a member of the Mid-Maine Dolphins and the Waterville High School swim program. He also is an avid hiker.

This past summer he was able to put both of those interests to use along with Scouting when he worked at Camp Bomazeen in Belgrade as a lifeguard and day camp volunteer.

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