Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet
Please join us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our 2016 Inland Northwest Council Eagle Scouts. Our dinner this year will be hosted in the new Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University. Join us Saturday, January 7th at 5:30 pm to congratulate these young men and celebrate their accomplishments.
Eagle Scout Speaker: Cartsen Blegen
Carsten Blegen began Scouts as a Tiger Cub in Spokane Valley. He completed Cub Scouts with Pack 420, and went on to join Troop 400. Carsten attended NYLT in 2014 and is currently the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 400. Carsten’s Eagle project consisted of constructing ten large “bear-boxes” to protect outdoor trash cans at Ross Point Baptist Camp in Post Falls. On November 11, 2016 Carsten completed his Eagle Board of Review and joined his dad and older brother as the third Eagle Scout in the family. He enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, playing piano and drums for church worship teams, and is deeply passionate about football. One of his favorite scouting memories was working as a Skill Instructor and Den Guide at Camp Cowles where he was able to teach younger scouts knife safety, knots, and many other skills.
Guest Speaker: Greg Billington: 2016 Olympic Triathlon Team Member
Born in Spokane, Washington, Olympian Greg Billington grew up in Six Mile Bottom, England, where he won the UK Inter-County XC championships and was a 2x DoDDs European XC, 1500, and 3000 champion. After he became an Eagle Scout, earned his black belt in martial arts, and graduated as valedictorian of his high school class, Greg started running for Wake Forest University – where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Economics and Exercise Science – while qualifying for the US National Triathlon Team.
Greg’s first triathlon was at age 10 on the back of his father’s tandem bicycle, but he didn’t arrive on the international triathlon scene until an appearance at the 2006 ITU Elite Junior Worlds. His professional career began rather inauspiciously when he was hit by a car immediately before graduating university in 2011. After recovering from 2 broken arms, he returned to finish 4th at the U23 Elite World Champs and two-consecutive USA Triathlon U23 National Championships (2011 & 2012). He qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and finished 3rd American – missing the team by a single spot.
Greg began the next Olympic Quad with a vengeance (and the advantage of working with Kestrel and Oval), winning his first two 5150 triathlons and finishing his first 70.3 in 3:53. Despite a femoral stress fracture in 2014, Greg came back to win the Hong Kong Triathlon. In 2015, Greg returned with the sole goal of making the 2016 Olympic Team – he finished the year as the top ranked American in the Olympic Qualification Process. After competing in his first Olympics, Greg was the top American at the World Championships in Cozumel Mexico and was nominated for the Team USA Athlete of the Month. Greg finished his 2016 season on the podium at the Miyazaki World Cup and as the top American in the International Triathlon Union Points List. With these experiences behind him, 2017 holds much in store.