When a Boy Scout earns Life rank, he only is only one step away from Scouting’s highest achievement, Eagle. The final requirement for Eagle rank is to complete a project the Scout plans, recruits others to assist with and executes on his own. Troop 100 Life Scout Joe Rink is set to carry out his Eagle project during September’s first weekend. Rink’s objective is helping parents keep their children safe.
Rink, 16, older son of Jeff and Debbie Rink, lives in Northeast Portland’s Rose City Park Neighborhood. He will focus his efforts on the Hollywood Farmers Market, St. Rose Church and Archbishop Howard School at St. Rose. “I plan to have five Scouts help me fingerprint from 150 to 250 youngsters,” Rink explained, “working at the Farmers Market Saturday morning, September 6 between 8 and 11 a.m.”
Rink and his assistants then plan to pack up and move to a basement conference room at St. Rose of Lima Church at Northeast Alameda Street and 54th Avenue, where they will continue fingerprinting children between noon and 4 p.m. “I’ll provide the parents of the kids we fingerprint a set for each child that they can give to authorities in an emergency,” Rink added.
Rink has been a Boy Scout for five years and intends to major in library science. In addition to speaking with the Star and other media, he plans to promote participation in his project by contacting school principals. Philip Roner is Troop 100’s scoutmaster, and the troop is sponsored by the Fremont United Methodist Church.