Metro Eagle Scouts honored, recognized for thousands of hours of public service

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nearly 700 Eagle Scouts were recognized on Sunday in a ceremony at Municipal Music Hall.

The scouts were part of a class that accounted for 85,000 hours of public service. The group included 16-year-old Jaren Zimmermann from Lee’s Summit, who earned his eagle badge by building furniture for a shelter that serves homeless teenage pregnant girls.

“It's a pretty good feeling knowing you're an Eagle Scout. It was a lot of hard work. If it was easy, everyone would do it. It's really nice to get noticed for this,” Zimmerman said.

The Boys Scouts' regional council says the metro has nearly twice the number of new eagles as other cities of the same size.

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