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Student's volunteer work dovetails with commitment to Boy Scouts

| Jessica Wicklund

Over the course of five summers, UW-Eau Claire student Jacob Harriman has played an important role impacting almost 2.5 million youth members between the ages of seven and 21 by participating in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) throughout the United States.

BSA is one of the nation’s largest and well-known youth development organizations comprised of approximately 960,000 volunteers.

Among leadership qualities, the organization builds character and trains youth in the responsibilities of being an active, engaged citizen in addition to focusing on personal fitness.

Jacob began scouting in first grade as a Cub Scout. He became an Eagle Scout at 16, and has since dedicated several years of service to the BSA.

During his service-learning focused activities at the local Chippewa Valley Council Fall Cub Camp, Jacob was able to work closely with young men and help shape future leaders.

Throughout five summers as a Cub Camp volunteer, Jacob witnessed character development as well as physical and mental growth.

Attracting over 800 people, this one-day event is designed to give newly registered families an opportunity to experience camp life, and for most of them, and experience what BSA is all about.

Jacob worked closely with event planning and programming staff, which allowed him the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of volunteers and scouts daily.

Jacob has attended training all over the nation, taking advantage of relevant leadership opportunities and realizing the long-term benefits down the road.

Jacob plans to utilize the skills he honed through BSA activity to become a physical therapist in the Midwest.