Scandia Eagle Scout carries tradition into third generation

Three generations of the Otto family, all Eagle Scouts, stand on the bridge built by Jacob Otto for his Eagle Scout project. From left are Jake, his father Shawn, and his grandfather Allan. Hay Lake School can be seen in the background.

A special Eagle Scout Court of Honor assembled at the Lion’s Park Pavilion at Hay Lake Park in Scandia on Saturday, Aug. 18, when Jacob Otto became an Eagle Scout.

The 17-year-old carried on a family tradition dating back more than 65 years when he became the third Eagle Scout in his family line.  Jake’s father, Shawn Otto, and grandfather, Allan Otto, both Eagle Scouts, were present.

The ceremony was attended by about 100 people, including members of the Scandia city council, Washington County Historical Society, Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails, Scandia Lions Club, the troop, and friends and family.

Jake chose Hay Lake Park for the ceremony because it is also the site of his Eagle Scout Service Project, a handicap-accessible footbridge linking a parking lot with the historic Hay Lake School, which will be open for the event.

Otto is the son of state auditor Rebecca Otto and author/science advocate/filmmaker Shawn Lawrence Otto. He is a senior at Forest Lake High School.