Local brothers attain Eagle Scout badges
Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest honor bestowed on a Boy Scout. Sharing the award presentation with your brother makes it even more special.
Ryan Bivens, 18, and Dylan Bivens, 17, were awarded their Eagle Scout badges during a recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Edgewood Tahoe. The brothers, who have been in the scouting program for 11 and 10 years respectively, are members of Boy Scout Troop 468, Lake Tahoe Pinenut District in Nevada, including Stateline and Zephyr Cove.
Both young men were born and raised in Tahoe. They are the sons of Sandy Parks of South Lake Tahoe and Roger Bivens of Dayton, Nev.
Ryan, a 2007 graduate of George Whittell High School, is attending Lake Tahoe Community College. He is enrolled in general education and is pondering a future career in photography or architecture.
For his Eagle Scout project, Ryan refurbished a 2,400-square-foot unimproved plot of land overlooking the Whittell High School football field into an area where students take breaks and eat lunch. With the help of other Boy Scouts, Ryan trimmed trees and bushes, raked and shoveled.
“We made it look nice. We added benches and made room for a tent. People can watch football from the area, and students can take breaks,” Ryan said. “Eagle Scout projects are all about leadership, and I directed the project with help from other Scouts. It took us about four weeks in September and October.”
Eagle Scout projects must be completed by the time a Scout turns 18. Ryan completed his requirements in March. Although Ryan finished his project before Dylan began his, they both were presented their awards in June.
Dylan is a senior at Whittell High School and has been in the Scouting program since the second grade. He is on the Whittell football team and participates in track. He became involved in his Eagle Scout project when the Child Development Center on Rufus Allen Boulevard asked if he would organize a book drive for them.
“When I saw the little reading room in the center, I thought it was pretty gross and offered to fix it up for my project,” Dylan said.
Local businesses donated all materials in response to Dylan’s visits to them. With the help of other Scouts, he built new bookshelves and tables, painted and added new lights.
He said he thought receiving the Eagle Scout award was “pretty cool.”
Both brothers said their experience in the Scouting program taught them leadership skills.
Ryan said, “The program built up my character. Without Scouting I wouldn’t be the same person I am today. Being a Boy Scout has given me a lot of skills that will be valuable throughout my life.
“I plan to become involved in the program as a leader, and eventually my children will be in the program.”
Dylan said that in addition to gaining leadership skills, he enjoyed meeting new friends, and the camping trips were a great experience.
“I plan to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, or the University of Arizona in Tucson. I’m not sure what I want to study.”
The leadership skills and training the Bivens brothers have gained through the Boy Scout program should serve them well in the future.