Three Boys Scouts to earn Eagle Scout Award PDF Print E-mail

By Monika Spaulding
Special Correspondent

Earning an Eagle Scout Award is something many Boy Scouts strive for, but only a few actually achieve. On March 15, three young men in Washington County will receive their Eagle Scout at a special awards program.

 

Adam Fisher, a senior at Salem High School, completed the requirements for his award by building a swing at Lake Salinda. After earning his welding badge, Fisher knew he wanted to do something with that skill. Since the city has been working to improve the grounds at Lake Salinda, Fisher thought building a swing for visitors to enjoy would be perfect.

He said he has been in Boy Scouts since he was in second grade and said it has had a huge impact on his life.

Fisher said he has learned the art of patience and how to work with little kids.

Kyle Medlock, who is 19, mapped helicopter landing zones on the Knobstone Trail for his Eagle Scout project. An avid hiker, he said he asked around to get some ideas and came up with this one, which went well with his interests.

A scout since the age of 12, Medlock said the biggest thing he has learned from being in Boy Scouts is how to be a leader. In fact, all Scouts are required to hold a leadership position at some time during their time in Boy Scouts.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming to meetings and learning new things,” he said.

Ben Strange, 18, has been in Boy Scouts since he was in second grade. He built a welcome sign for Westside Baptist Church.

“Being a scout shapes my everyday life,” he said. “I recite the law multiple times a day.”

He said he has always had trouble communicating, but when he has his Boy Scout uniform on, people tend to listen to him and take him more seriously.

“It gives me confidence to convey messages and I get more respect from people,” he said.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest ranking for Boy Scouts. Only 4% of Boy Scouts ever earn this honor. Scouts must earn 21 merit badges before they can earn their Eagle Scout. Eleven are required and then 10 are by choice.

Jonathan Smith, the troop committee chair, said all three young men have been model Boy Scouts over the years.

“The younger Scouts always looked up to them,” he said. “I believe that the principles they learned in Scouts carry them into adult life. It will help them handle different situations better as they get older.”

Jamie Elliott, a committee member, has been with the three young men throughout their Scouting career and said it has been “amazing to see them grow from boys into young men.”

Trisha Wheeler, who is also a committee member, agreed and added she thinks it’s great the scouts have such a great support group.

Smith said Scouts bring together such a cross section of backgrounds and helps the boys form friendships no matter where they are from.

“Boy Scouts gives them a commonality and helps them make life-long friendships,” he said.

The public is invited to attend the Eagle Scout ceremony on March 15 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church.