Kyle Bentall becomes fourth brother to earn Eagle rank

BROOKLINE – Kyle Bentall, 15, a member of Boy Scout Troop 654, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently.

Buddy Doughty attended the ceremony and awarded Bentall a certificate on behalf of the Brookline Conservation Commission. Retired Lt. Col. Greg d’Arbonne also made a presentation.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouting. Scouts must demonstrate good character, leadership, citizenship, and service to their church and community, develop outdoor skills and earn at least 21 merit badge badges. Fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank.

To attain the rank of Eagle, a Scout must also complete an extensive service project that he plans, organizes, leads and completes before his 18th birthday.

For his Eagle project, Bentall worked with the Brookline Conservation Commission at Camp Flannery. He created a brick patio complete with a fire pit and two granite benches.

Bentall said he had a great time leading the effort and practicing his leadership skills.

"It was a great experience to know that we had followed out Mr. Flannery’s wishes by preserving this land for the town and creating a camp," Bentall said.

New Hampshire Rocks of Brookline donated the fire pit along with the patio bricks, which were in a display on their property. Bentall and fellow Scouts dug up each brick, and they were transported on pallets to Camp Flannery.

An area for the patio was dug out with a backhoe, the area was prepared and leveled, then sand and gravel were laid. The patio was then laid and the fire pit was installed over several weekends.

Derek Fry, of Brookline, provided his backhoe and labor to prepare the site.

Bentall is the youngest of four boys, and he follows his older brothers, Taylor, Ryan and Daniel, to the rank of Eagle Scout. Their parents are Lesley and Stuart Bentall.