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Eagle Scouts and brothers

BARKHAMSTED — Mitchell Renfrew, 18, recently earned his Eagle Scout ranking with the Boy Scouts. According to his mother, Dawn, Mitchell collected 29 backpacks loaded with school supplies for clients of the Susan B. Anthony project in Torrington. “People were so generous with donations he had money left over,” Dawn Renfrew said. “With the leftover money he purchased Christmas gifts for the children of the clients at Susan B. Anthony. It was a very well-received community project.” Mitchell is the brother of Spenser Renfrew, who received his Eagle Scout ranking in July 2007. Spenser earned his Eagle Scout ranking by building dugouts at Babe Ruth Field in Barkhamsted. Spenser, now 22, is attending Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Mitchell is attending Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. Having two children in a family achieve Eagle Scout status is very rare, because according to the Boy Scouts of America official website at scouting.org, only about 5 percent of all scouts ever make Eagle Scout, the highest rank a member can attain in the organization. “I think the Boy Scouts were good to my children because it taught them strong leadership qualities and how to achieve success,” Dawn Renfrew said. “The Scouts helped in fostering a lot of positive attributes.”

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