by Pat Clark
The Boy Scouts of America is a group “you usually join in elementary school that does certain projects and by completing those projects you can earn badges and earn your way up the ranks” explained senior Nick Weigle .
Nick Weigle has done just that by earning the highest rank, Eagle Scout.
Becoming an eagle scout takes numerous years and a lot of time.
“It sure does take a lot of time, but you get used to it,” Weigle said. “It becomes part of your life.”
Weigle said you need 21 merit badges and also. need to complete a “final project” which takes a long time.
Being in Boy Scouts in high school can be embarrassing for some as it can be “childish” or “lame,” but Wiegle said that most of his friends didn’t know he was still in Boy Scouts until a MLive article was published honoring him as the rank.
“My friends didn’t really know I was a Boy Scout and I liked keeping it that way,” Weigle said as he started to smile. “When the article on MLive came out I was surprised in that my friends didn’t make fun of me or hardly talk about it…I even got a few congratulations.”
Wiegle expressed gratitude for his Boy Scout experience.
“It definitely has helped shape me as a kid growing up because it was a way for me to give back to the community in a way I enjoyed doing.”
Nicks dad, Matt, also commented on the subject saying “I’ve seen Nick grow in his leadership abilities and his critical thinking skills as he has gone along his path to Eagle.”
Overall, Nick is glad he kept with Boy Scouts and called it “a cool experience.”