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Eagle Scout tradition passes from father to sons

BONNE TERRE – Sometimes it seems parents and their children don’t have much in common anymore.

The parents go to work. The kids go to school. They lead separate lives.

But that isn’t the case for Chuck Farr and his sons, Adam Schenavar, Chuck E. Farr, and Matthew Farr.

All of them are volunteer firefighters for the Big River Fire Department. The youngest, Matthew, a 10th grader at North County, isn’t a full-fledged firefighter but he is a member of the department’s auxiliary.

Within a few weeks, they’ll have something else in common. They will all have earned their Eagle Scout badge.

The junior Chuck’s Eagle Scout project was to improve the Bonne Terre city pool. Adam’s project was to repair the gazebo in the city park.

Matthew decided he wanted to help the city, too.

Matthew spent 60 &#8220man hours” painting and refurbishing the six dugouts at the Bonne Terre ballfields. He got a lot of help, though, from 10 other scouts, his grandparents, parents and a few other family members.

He proposed the project to Shawn Kay, who is in charge of the baseball league, after noticing the dugouts were in bad shape.

&#8220My little sister played softball here last year and my cousins play soccer,” Matthew said. &#8220A lot of (the dugouts) were getting beat up. Some of them didn’t have paint on them.”

Before he could start on the project, he had to make the proposal to the city parks committee and then to the Eagle Scout board.

Matthew still has one last merit badge to earn before he can go back to the Eagle board for final approval.

Matthew is the treasurer of his school’s FCCLA club and a member of Upward Board and Future Teachers of America. He wants to be a high school English teacher.

His mother, Lynn Farr, couldn’t be prouder of her sons for their accomplishments.

&#8220I think it’s great,” said Lynn who is also active in boy scouts and the fire department. &#8220I’m pretty proud of all of them. They worked really hard for (the Eagle Scout badge). It takes a lot to get it. They have to really work at it to get that far.”

Dad, Chuck, is also proud. He said the boy scouts are a great organization. He said scouting promotes ideals such as citizenship, God and country.

And, of course, he added scouting is about outing. He said many of the boys wouldn’t get out if it weren’t for scouting.

&#8220Eagle Scout looks good on your application, too,” Chuck said, looking at Matthew. &#8220Less than (4) percent make it to Eagle.”

Chuck plans to retire as the scoutmaster of Troop 445 – the longest running boy scout troop in Bonne Terre that is sponsored by the St. Francois County Rotary Club. He has been the scoutmaster since 1990.

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