Blaine Joseph Dufrene was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor on June 1.
He is a member of Troop 115, which is sponsored by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Chattanooga. This troop is in the John Ross District of the Cherokee Area Council.
Blaine, the son of Bryan and Rachel Dufrene, graduated from Dade County (Ga.) High School the night before his Court of Honor. He and his parents are members of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in downtown Chattanooga.
Blaine joined the Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub in first grade and has remained in Scouting ever since. As a Boy Scout, he earned 34 Merit Badges and attended several sessions of summer camp at Skymont Scout Reservation in Altamont, Tenn. In 2010 he participated in the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
For his Eagle Scout service project, Blaine removed shelving and supplies from the food pantry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s parish life center, painted the walls and ceiling, and then returned the shelves to the pantry and neatly arranged the food so that it can be easily distributed to those in need.
He also made and installed a small table that can be used when stocking the pantry and devised a system by which the parish office will be aware of how much food is on hand. He was assisted by family and friends as well as his fellow Scouts in Troop 115.