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Posted On: 6 December 2008 01:25 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Boy Scouts from Qatar get top rank

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Two Boy Scouts from Doha have been awarded the top rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America. Scott Merkley and Milos Markicevic belong to Troop 970 in Doha and were recognised at a ceremony on November 29. To earn this special award, the boys were required to carry out a significant service project, called an Eagle Project. Milos, a senior at The American School of Doha, chose to help renovate and decorate the Paediatric Clinic including the children’s waiting room, at the American Hospital in Doha. He organised the painting of the drab walls and provided beautiful wall hangings and a children’s table, making it a more enjoyable experience for children waiting to see the doctor. Scott, a ninth grade student at Middle East International School, organised the collection of 300 pairs of glasses and 260 hygiene kits for an Ethiopian village for his Eagle Project. Subsequently, he travelled to the village of Kersa Illala in June 2008 to deliver the supplies and did a week of volunteer service in a health clinic. Scott received lots of help from around Qatar. Donations were generously given by ExxonMobil as well as many people living in Qatar. Qatar Optics in Landmark Mall helped with many lenses for the eyeglasses. Emirates waived excess baggage fees in order to get the supplies to Africa. Qatar Pharmacy helped obtain large quantities of hair picks, one of the items in the hygiene kits. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest of seven ranks in the Boy Scout Programme. Boy Scouts of America have done several projects in the past in Qatar.