NUNDA – Nunda’s newest Eagle Scout is still watching out for swimmers at the Canadian pool where he earned his lifesaving merit badge.
William Sabin Elliott, 17, was instrumental in bringing ‘Buddy Boards’ to Camp Thomas S. Monson in Lake Hurst, Ontario. The Buddy Boards keep track of who is going into the water and who comes out, be it for swimming, kayaking, or boating, so that the lifeguard can tell at a glance if and how many people are unaccounted for at any given time.
“Wil increased this by not only counting swimmers but boats, kayaks and anyone else in the water for any reason,” said Rhonda Elliot, Wil’s mom. “He helped lead several groups of people to create two boards, and then deliver them six hours up to the camp.”
Now entering his third year as a lifeguard for the Boy Scouts, Wil earned his lifesaving merit badge and life guard certificate early in his scout career. He attended an LDS International camporee at Camp Thomas S. Monson, where he first had the idea of giving them a Buddy Board system.
Troop 4077’s Court of Honor for Wil was Friday, June 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Geneseo. About 90 scouts, friends and local leaders attended.
Assemblyman Bill Nojay, who happened to be at the Livingston County Government Center when Wil had his Eagle Board of Review, presented Wil with a certificate from the Legislators of New York.
“Mr. Nojay made an effort to talk with Wil after his Board of Review, so Wil wanted to invite him to attend,” said Rhonda.
Wil is currently at Camp Dittmer in Phelps, NY as a lifeguard.