One local boy scout on his way to completing his Eagle Scout Award

Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 10:36 AM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Eagle Scout award is the highest honor that a boy scout can achieve and very few ever obtain it.

“It’s like adrenaline rushing to my head.”

That’s how 13-year-old Erich Fiedler describes his work that has got him to where he is today.

“It sort of makes me feel like I’ve grown up and that I’m not the little kid that I was when I started,” said Erich Fielder – Fort Rucker Troop 50.

After hearing about boy scouts from a fellow classmate when he was in the second grade Fielder quickly brought the topic up to his dad and decided to join.

Now he is on his way to earning the highest award in boy scouts, The Eagle Scout award.

“There is this packet that you have to fill out and there is stuff you have to fill out before which is the proposal for your Eagle project and that basically goes over what you plan on doing how many people you plan on having and estimated cost.,” said Fielder.

Only 8 percent of boy scouts receive this award. And the work it takes cannot be done alone.

With a backing of the Daleville Chamber of Commerce and the surrounding community, Fielder’s dream grew bigger than he expected.

“It was originally just going to be adding a few benches cleaning it up trying to fix the fence and now we added mulch we are getting new concrete benches and we are trying to cut down some of the trees,” said Fielder.

Fielder says through this he has kept a motto his dad would tell him and his sister in mind.

“You shouldn’t ever give up because even though it might be easier to give up it’s worth it when you finish your goals and see them all the way through.”

Now he’s using the same message to those who want to achieve their eagle scout award as well. Fielder began this project at the beginning of January and as of right now does not have a time set for when the project will be completed.

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