Helping Paws of Minnesota Eagle Scout Project
A Great Combination
On Saturday, December 1, Christopher Stoltz from Troop 446 Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington earned the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle Scout. In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a Boy Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to their community.
For his Eagle Scout project, Christopher built training tools for Helping Paws of Minnesota. Through the use of trained service dogs, Helping Paws mission is to further people’s independence and quality of life.
Attending Christopher Stoltz’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor was Eileen Bohn, Director of Programs for Helping Paws of MN, and Will Kim, a military veteran with his service dog Flynn. Will and his canine partner Flynn demonstrated for the crowd how the training tools built by Christopher are used.
Helping Paws of Minnesota and the Boy Scouts of America
Helping Paws of Minnesota has had a relationship with the Boy Scouts of America going back ten years. Christopher Stoltz’s effort was the fourth service project to support the organization. Also in attendance at The Stoltz Court of Honor was Anthony Thomas from Troop 471 Prince of Peace in Burnsville, the first Eagle Scout to deliver a service project for Helping Paws in 2008.
“As a volunteer based organization, Helping Paws recognizes and values the importance of service to others. The service projects completed by Scouts on their path to Eagle Scout are such a benefit to Helping Paws. It’s always exciting to see the project develop from an idea to the completed project. [...] The attention to detail exhibited by the Scout when doing the project always impresses us.”
-Eileen Bohn – Director of Programs for Helping Paws of MN
About Helping Paws of Minnesota
Helping Paws began in 1985 as a pilot project of the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships and Environment (CENSHARE), and became an independent nonprofit in 1988. Initially, Helping Paws placed service dogs with individuals who have physical disabilities such as MS, spinal cord injuries, CP, and other disabilities where a person can use the assistance of a service dog. Over time, Helping Paws provided Facility Dogs to work with professionals in a visitation, education, treatment or therapeutic setting. For more information on Helping Paws of Minnesota, go to: https://helpingpaws.org