One of the oldest Boy Scout troops in the state, Troop 204, based in Anoka, recognized four new Eagle Scouts in a ceremony Oct. 13. Boy Scouts honored were Nyck Emberland, Mark Schatza, Adam Miranowski and Josh Gerick. The ceremony held at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka was attended by more than 150 family, friends and Scouts.
Achieving the highest rank of Eagle requires a Scout to earn 21 merit badges, serve in several troop leadership roles and lead an Eagle Scout service project that benefits the community. The service projects completed by each of the Scouts are as follows: re-landscaping project at Grace Lutheran Church in Andover (Emberland); building benches for the tennis courts at Anoka High School (Schatza); building cougar dens for the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone (Miranowski); and re-landscaping the Ramsey Fire Station 1 (Gerick).
“Through dedication and service these young men have strived to lead their lives by the principles set forth by the Boy Scouts of America. It is an honor to recognize these young men for such a remarkable accomplishment. I have no doubt that they will be future leaders in our community,” said Loren Tenold, Scoutmaster of Troop 204.
According to Troop 204 Advancement Chairperson Tim Atkinson, an Eagle Court of Honor celebrates the dedication and perseverance of these four Scouts during their seven-year journey to earn the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
“Since statistics show that only two out of every 100 Scouts achieve this rank, it is impressive that we honor and recognize four young men from Troop 204 who have gone the distance,” Atkinson said.
As a special tribute, each of the new Eagle Scouts was presented with a U.S. flag that was flown over the United States Capitol, at the request of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, in honor of these young men.
Established in 1921, Troop 204 is one of the oldest troops in Minnesota with more than 100 Eagle Scouts to its credit. For all 92 years, the troop has been sponsored by the Anoka Kiwanis Club.