Scout builds sign and character

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After 250 hours of work, Brian Haslem of Craig organized, built and completed a sign at the junction of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, the Three Corners Monument (near Dutch John, Utah).

Haslem, 15, and a sophomore at Moffat County High School completed the project in September to fulfill requirements to become an Eagle Scout the highest rank given in the Boy Scouts organization.

But this is not just any sign.

Built 30 years ago, Haslem realized the original sign needed repair. He, with the help of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Kiwanis Club of Craig, built a new sign made of redwood which stands 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide, has about 1,000 letters and symbols that were carved in with a router and is heavy enough to take 17 people to lift it.

Haslem hopes the project will draw more visitors to the Three Corners Monument near Dutch John.

"I am extremely glad I did this," Haslem said. "It has taught me a lot of life's lessons."

Haslem will go through a ceremony this spring to receive the Eagle Scout honor.

Haslem is one of few scouts who begin Boy Scouts and receive an Eagle Scout ranking. According to his father, Richard Haslem, secretary of Craig Kiwanis Club and committee chairman for Boy Scouts Troop 166 (his son's troop), less than 5 percent of all Boy Scouts receive this ranking.

Richard believes Scouting and becoming an Eagle Scout exemplifies determination and creates a better environment.

"It offers a better opportunity for kids to succeed. You never know how kids will turn out until they turn out one way or the other," Richard Haslem said. "Traits learned tend to create success."

One becomes an Eagle Scout after earning 21 merit badges throughout the Scouting ranks. These badges vary and all have different requirements. It also requires potential Eagle Scouts to be active in their troops for at least six months, and in doing so receive a Life Rank, which is the second highest rank of Scouting behind Eagle Scout.

"I have lived by Scout Law and learned how to be a better leader," Brian Haslem said.

Richard Haslem said his son has accomplished a great deal and has started the recipe for success.

"He recognizes he has accomplished something," Richard said.

The Craig Kiwanis Club and BLM both played a large part in Haslem's accomplishments and continue to support youth in the community.

Kiwanis donated the materials needed for the Three Corners sign while the BLM took care of transporting the sign.

To visit the Three Corners sign, take Colorado Highway 318 to Utah and follow the signs north to Dutch John.

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