Eagle Scouts receive recognition by senator

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FILER, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Inside of the American Legion Post 47 in Filer, Sen. Mike Crapo was recognizing seven young boys for their contributions to the community with the Spirit of Idaho Award.

Two years in the making for their Eagle Scout projects, Boy Scout Troop 7 saved the legion.

"We got together with this group of boys and they laid out a plan and each boy got to do a phase of the project for their Eagle Scout project," said Troop Leader Erik Peterson.

The legion building — built in the early 1900's by WWI veterans — has been home to the Boy Scouts for over 40 years. With the age of the building, comes wear and tear.

"It had a ton of the water damage ... to the floor, to the walls, to the ceiling and even to the roof. It needed to be replaced and I knew it was going to mean a lot to the community," said Eagle Scout Mathew Mansfield.

The renovations started from the top, literally. The roof leaked and needed to be replaced the most and the damage from the years of leaking to follow. After raising over $35,000 and volunteering over 1,500 man hours over a year, they reached their goal.

"The award is to bring some recognition to people who just make Idaho better. And I mean that's really what it's all about,” Crapo said.

The award came with a certificate and an American flag that's been flown over the U.S. Capitol.

But the boys aren't done yet. Their next order of business is to raise money for a handicap ramp into the building.

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