Like father, like son

Griffin Bohm 3rd generation to earn Eagle Scout award

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Griffin Bohm recently celebrated becoming an Eagle Scout along with his father, Pat Bohm, who is also an Eagle Scout. They are shown at Shawano Lawn & Stone, which Pat Bohm owns. Griffin is working there this summer.

Griffin Bohm recently celebrated becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. He is the son of Pat Bohm and Okho Bohm-Hagedorn.

“It’s a pretty cool thing,” Griffin said. “I definitely take pride that I attained the highest rank in Scouting.”

The event was even more special because Griffin asked his father to be the guest speaker at the ceremony. Pat and his father, Randy, are also Eagle Scouts.

“It was a neat experience,” said Pat, scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 32.

Earning the distinction requires work and fortitude, and Griffin proved his mettle to get there.

“When he started Scouting, I didn’t know if it’s going to last,” Pat said. “He had moments.”

Griffin persisted and earned the 21 merit badges required for the award and completed a community project. The project was done two years ago when he and some members of his family, along with other Scouts, constructed two small enclosed buildings at Walmart that the Salvation Army could use for bell ringing during the Red Kettle campaign.

Pat said he has seen a lot of Eagle projects, but his son’s required a lot of work.

“The Eagle project that he did, the difficulty was a 10 on a 1 to 10,” Pat said.

Pat, who owns Shawano Lawn & Stone, said being an Eagle Scout will give his son a definite advantage in the future.

“Anybody who earns an Eagle Scout has crossed a hurdle that other people don’t have the opportunity to do,” he said.

Griffin, who graduated from Shawano Community High School this year, is working for his dad this summer. He will attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is considering a career in natural resources or environmental science.

When he is able he would like to continue in Scouting.

“I would like to come back and be a leader somewhere,” he said.