Fisk earns rank of Eagle Scout

Photo courtesy Allen Wandrych Photography

MANISTEE — Brian Paul Fisk, a member of the Boy Scout Troop 167, received his Eagle Scout rank in a Court of Honor ceremony on Aug. 11 at Faith Covenant Church in Manistee.

Fisk joined scouting while in the fifth grade as a Cub Scout under the tutelage of Cub Master Mike Harwell and Den Leader JoAnn Muma. Prior to joining the Boy Scouts, Fisk earned the Arrow of Light award, Cub Scout’s highest award.

In 2005, Fisk joined Boy Scout Troop 167 under Scoutmaster Brian Postma, now led by Scoutmaster Klaus Kutschke. Fisk earned his Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life ranks over the next several years.

In 2008, he was elected to the Order of the Arrow, Indian Drum Lodge 152, a scouting service organization through which he participated in many activities and served on the lodge executive committee for two years as the 1st vice chief of administration and chapter chief.

During his years as a member of Troop 167, Fisk went on many camp outs and troop activities including camporees and the Klondike Derby. He participated in community service projects and troop fundraisers and attended weekly troop meetings. He completed 31 merit badges including first aid, camping, hiking, fish and wildlife management and forestry. He also held many troop positions, including Scribe, Chaplain’s Aide, Quartermaster, Guide, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.

Fisk attended summer camp at Camp Greilick seven years, including working on staff in the summer of 2010 and as an Order of the Arrow volunteer in 2011 and 2012. In June of 2009, along with seven other scouts and four adult leaders, he camped and backpacked at Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains northeastern New Mexico. Over 11 days he backpacked over 66 miles, starting at 6,550 feet elevation and hiking up to 11,721 feet while carrying a 55 pound backpack. In June of 2011, he returned to the Philmont Scout Ranch with five other scouts and three adult leaders. He served as the crew leader for the second expedition.

During the past year he planned and worked on his Eagle Scout project. He worked with Major Dale Hixenbaugh coordinating a food drive for the local Salvation Army food pantry, collecting over 2,000 pounds of food to benefit families in Manistee County.

Fisk graduated in May, 2012, from Manistee High School and will be attending Michigan Technological University in Houghton, in the fall to study Applied Ecology and Environmental Science and Chemistry.

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Posted by David L. Barber

David L. Barber is the retired editor of the Manistee News Advocate. He contributes columns weekly for the News Advocate. You can contact him at dlbarber1006@gmail.com.

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