Bahai News - Eagle Scout
Tom Padfield, a member of Boy Scout Troop 317 in Bethlehem Township,
received his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor held May 12 at Little
Pond Arts Retreat in Moore Township. The rank is the highest award in
Scouting. Padfield's older brother, Dirk, also an Eagle Scout, administered
the Eagle Charge and Challenge to Tom.
Little Pond Arts Retreat was the site of Padfield's Eagle Scout service
project, where he and his fellow Boy Scouts tore down an old mobile home,
planted trees and set pipes to redirect a natural spring. Located on a
32-acre farm, Little Pond offers retreats and workshops, involving a variety
of artistic disciplines, for students of all ages.
Born in Stavanger, Norway, Padfield and his family returned to the Lehigh
Valley in 1989. He is a student at Freedom High School, where he is a member
of the track team.
Padfield is active in the Lehigh Valley Baha'i Youth Workshop and has worked
as a summer camp counselor at BSA Camp Minsi in the Poconos and Baha'i Camp
Louhelen in Michigan. For several years, he has done service work at the
Rose Garden Children's Festival and the Victory House in Bethlehem.
Padfield plans to attend college and become a guidance counselor.
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