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Scouting Rocks
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:35 PM

Zachary Becker, third in his family to earn the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts of America, credits Scouting for many things:
*helping shape his character;
*providing trips and adventures he never would have gotten to do otherwise;
*letting him meet people from the entire world; and
*helping him secure a full-ride college scholarship.

Becker, a 2012 Rising Sun High School graduate, is a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church BSA Troop 645 in Lawrenceburg. In earning his Eagle Scout rank, he followed in the steps of his older brother Matt Becker and their father Ron Becker, all of Ohio County.

As part of earning the highest rank in Boy Scouting, a Scout must complete a project from the design stage through organizing volunteer labor to completion. Zach Becker found his project at the Denver Siekman Environmental Park south of Rising Sun: creating a hands-on simulated archeological dig.

“From what I understood, they had it planed out for several years,” said Becker, 18. The park cleaned out the area in advance, then Becker had to organize measuring and digging a pit, ordering sand to fill it, finding artifacts in the old farm buildings, and making laminated cards with photos of each artifact.

The artifacts included old gears, a hammer head, a little glass bottle, tractor parts, a door hinge and the corner of a house, he said.

“There were some goggles actually that looked like aviator … goggles,” said Becker. The idea for the dig was to put the items out in the sand when people were coming, such as a class of students.