For his Eagle Scout project, youth built benches for tennis courts

Kade Farmer, 16, of Fruitland, earned his Eagle Scout ranking this year and has been involved in Scouting since 2011.

FRUITLAND — The Boy Scouts of America, Ore-Ida Council, Troop No. 369 announces 16-year-old Kade Farmer as the latest recipient of the rank of Eagle Scout. Kade, the son of Rick and Laurie Farmer, of Fruitland, is a student at Fruitland High School and has been involved in Scouting since 2011.

Born in Caldwell, in December of 2002, Kade is the youngest of 10 children and the second of two boys.

In addition to Scouting, Kade has been an active member of Fruitland’s JV soccer team and Varsity tennis team for the past two years. Cross-country, tennis and soccer have been fixtures throughout his life.

In his time as a member of Troop No. 368 for three years and a member of Troop 369 for five years, Kade has earned a total of 23 merit badges and served as Patrol Leader for Troop 369. As a Cub Scout, he received the Religious Emblem Knot, the Arrow of Light Award and the World Conservation Award.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Kade made benches for the new tennis courts at Fruitland High School. This project served an immediate need as there were no places for players to sit and rest during matches before he initiated this undertaking. For each tennis court, Kade made seven benches, requiring two weeks of his time to complete. Assisting him with this were members of his troop, friends, family, and the expertise of David Jacobus and Travis Hillman, who were kind enough to share their skills in making this project come together. Special thanks to Franklin Lumber for donating wood and Rodda Paint for donating varnish.

When asked what the most difficult part of this project for him was, Kade responded, “Getting people to listen to me when giving instructions.”

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