Ashland Boy Scout Ian Wurfl receives Eagle rank

Ian Wurfl of Ashland Boy Scout Troop 112 was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Eagle Scout is the highest rank offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

Wurfl began his Scout career in Cub Scout Pack 117 where he earned his Arrow of Light Award. After bridging to Troop 112 and moving through the ranks, Wurfl was elected into the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts National Honor Society, where he served as chapter vice chief of activities and then as chapter chief.

Wurfl attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Bloomington, Ind., and worked at the Mt. Shasta site of the National Arrow Corps 5 project. He was also a counselor-in-training at Camp Parsons in Washington. In 2008, Wurfl helped lead an 11-day, 76-mile trek with members of Troop 112 at Philmont, N.M. The following summer, he was the co-crew leader for a 50-mile troop hike around Mt. Lassen.

In 2010, Wurfl attended the 100th-Anniversary National Boy Scout Jamboree in Fort AP Hill, Va. Wurfl's Eagle Scout Project was to design small-animal escape ramps for stock tanks in the Soda Mountain Wilderness. He then led teams of Scouts and community members to build and install them.

Outside Scouting, Wurfl pursues his interest in music as drum major for the Ashland High School Pep Band, a musician in the school's percussion ensemble, jazz and symphonic bands, principal percussionist with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, and as a drummer with two jazz combos.

Wurfl was also place kicker for the Ashland High School varsity football team and a hurdler for the varsity track team. Wurfl maintains a 3.97 grade-point average, competed in Brain Bowl, specialized in math as a tutor in the AHS Student Tutor Center, and was named 2011 homecoming king.

He is the son of Deborah Small of Ashland and John Wurfl of Talent.

Boy Scout Troop 112 is chartered to the Ashland Lions Club.

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