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Spotlight on Los Alamos: Longtime scout lands perfect job

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By Kelly LeVan

“Sometimes people tell me, ‘I was an Eagle Scout,’” said Paul Rhein, Boy Scouts district executive for Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Taos counties. “But there’s no ‘was.’ Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

The Eagle badge requires, among other activities, many hours devoted to organizing and leading a final service project. Rhein, now 24, completed his in 2000, when he and a group of some 30 helpers put reflective tape on fire hydrants in their district, Farmington. Collaborating with the local fire department, the group spent more than 100 man-hours making the hydrants easier for firemen to spot quickly at night.

Rhein said that between his project and a similar, follow-up project conducted by his best friend, “we covered most of the town.”

Part of Rhein’s current job involves locating Eagle Scouts who might no longer be active in scouting but could nevertheless be a great resource. Rhein is hoping to create a database of Eagle Scouts within the district he can call on for their expertise.

“This program doesn’t exist without volunteers,” he said.


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