Troop 330’s Jones earns Eagle Scout
By MARK KLAAS
Auburn Reporter Regional Editor
July 15, 2009 · Updated 5:26 PM
Auburn’s Miles Jones wanted to join an elite fraternity in the Boy Scouts.
And continue a family tradition.
So it was only fitting that he followed in the footsteps of his two brothers by earning Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Scout system.
Boy Scout Troop 330 honored Jones, 17, at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Wesley Homes Lea Hill on June 27.
Jones, son of Ken and Jeannie Jones, joins older brothers, Zereck and Austin, in earning the distinction. The two brothers were on hand at the ceremony.
“It feels pretty great because not many people get the opportunity to become Eagle Scouts,” Miles said. “And to have two brothers who are Eagle Scouts is pretty cool.”
Only 2 percent of Scouts attain the Eagle Scout rank. An Eagle Scout must have completed 21 merit badges and organized a service project for the community. For his project, Miles designed and built planter boxes to be used by Alzheimer patients at Wesley Homes Lea Hill, Auburn Meadows and Woodmark assisted living in Federal Way.
Miles attended Scout Camp each summer and participated in High Adventure trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Bowron Lake canoe trip in British Columbia and many camping trips in Washington and Oregon.
Miles, a senior-to-be at Thomas Jefferson High School, is active in DECA, having participated in the state competitions. He won the coaches’ award for his efforts in swimming in each of the last three seasons. He was selected captain for the Raiders team his senior year. His speciality is the 500-yard freestyle.
In addition, Miles is an exceptional motocross racer, having captured season championships at Pacific Raceways, Burnt Ridge Motocross Park
near Cinnabar, and finished seventh at “Top Gun” out of more than 40 riders from Washington and Oregon in the 250cc race last September in Washougal. He plans to compete this year in the race for Team Aurora Suzuki.Contact Auburn Reporter Regional Editor Mark Klaas at email@example.com or 1-253-833-0218 (ext 5050).