Eagle Scout recognition ceremony for Bedford man

An Eagle Scout recognition ceremony was held at 1 p.m. Dec. 6, for Kyle Michael Paquin. The ceremony was held in a room provided by Acadia Insurance Co. About 50 people were in attendance, including 17 scouts and 5 adult leaders.

The “Charge to the Eagle Scout” was given by Jonathan Beck, and Paquin presented his “Mentor Pin” to Mr. Wesley Reeks. Paquin has joined the Navy and is due to ship out to boot camp in early January.

Paquin spoke on the honor:

“I have worked on numerous Eagle fundraisers and projects, which have helped prepare me to do my project. Troop 414 has a close working relationship with Camp Allen, a special-needs camp in Bedford. In late 2013, I met with Mary Constance at Camp Allen, where we discussed different projects that could be done. After plenty of ideas, I agreed to build two potting benches where the kids could learn the basics of gardening using potted plants. I also agreed to making log games, which would allow the kids to play on outside during sunny days or inside on rainy ones. The games that were made were two tic-tac-toe and three checkerboards. I had two fundraiser days at Harvest Market where I had a bake sale to raise the funds in order to pay for the supplies of my project.

“Mr. Chen volunteered to help me build my potting benches at his house along with the help of other scouts. Two weeks later, I had my grandparents and scouts from the troop come over in order to assist in building the log games and the staining of the potting benches. All the items were delivered to Camp Allen four days later.

“I would like to give a huge thank-you to Mr. Chen for the hospitality of his garage and his help in the building of the benches, along with my grandparents, for all the support and help with the log games. I also would like to thank all my family, friends, scouts, troop leaders, and community for their support and encouragement over the years I spent in scouting.”

Kyle Paquin is the son of Michael Paquin and Lisa. He has an older sister, Kayla. Paquin graduated from Bedford High School in June.

Paquin began his scouting life as a Cub Scout in Pack 292 in Hooksett. He started as a Tiger Scout at age 7 until he got his Arrow of Light on March 16, 2007, at age 11. He crossed over to Troop 127 from Auburn. He was part of Troop 127 until 2010, when he joined Troop 414 in Bedford.

Paquin has gone on more than 50 camping trips, including five summers at summer camp. He spent anywhere from one to five weeks of the summer at camp, whether it was Hidden Valley or Camp Bell, as well as one week at Wah Tut Ca. After five years of going to Hidden Valley, Paquin became a member of the staff. He worked there for two summers as a lifeguard. Paquin is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, which he earned on Dec. 31, 2013.

As for other activities outside of Boy Scouts, Paquin played indoor winter lacrosse when he was in high school. He was also part of the high school’s frisbee club team. Other hobbies Paquin enjoys are driving, hanging out with friends, paintballing, and snowboarding.