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Three Marcus Scouts soar with the Eagles

Monday, April 10, 2006

On March 26, Chad Dodd became the latest member of the Marcus BSA Troop #113 to attain Eagle Scout status. Cheering him on at his Eagle Court of Honor were his parents, Gary and LaDonna, and his big brother Josh, also an Eagle scout.
(Photo by Ron Flewelling)
For the past few decades, the Boy Scouts of America Troop #113 in Marcus has established quite an exceptional record for itself, especially when it comes to turning out Eagle Scouts.

Since 1961, over 20 troop members have attained the lofty Eagle rank, an admirable goal not for the faint of heart when it comes to scouting.

To achieve Eagle status, the diligent scout must work his way up through the ranks, starting with the various levels of the cubs on up through the several tiers of the boy scouts.

On March 12, Jonathan Gorczynski of the Marcus BSA Troop #113 attained the pinnacle of scouting aspirations when he was awarded Eagle Scout status at a special Court of Honor. Jonathan's mom Elizabeth was one of those who especially proud of her favorite Marcus boy scout.
(Photo by Ron Flewelling)
Before capturing his Eagle wings, the scout must have earned at least 12 merit badges in areas ranging from Camping, Communication and Citizenship to Swimming, First Aid and Personal Fitness.

It should be pointed out that almost without an exception, the scout has also accumulated a large number of other merit badges on his way to the Eagles.

As his final labor before earning Eagle Scout rank, the Be Prepared boy must select and accomplish a special project, one that will benefit his community.

Logan Polson, a member of the Marcus BSA Troop #113, was on the receiving end of Eagle accolades at a special Court of Honor held on March 12. Especially proud of their high-flying Eagle scout were Logan's mom and dad, Teresa and Randy Polson.
(Photo by Ron Flewelling)
This year, the Marcus Troop has added three more names to their prestigious roll of Eagle Scouts: Jonathan Gorczynski, Logan Polson and Chad Dodd.

On March 12, an Eagle Court of Honor for Jon and Logan was held at the Le Mars Bible Church.

Jon, the son of James and Elizabeth Gorczynski of rural Remsen, is 18-years-old and a home schooled senior.

He has six siblings...Josh, Ben, Hannah, Chris, Ethan and Garrett.

(As a side note of interest, Jon's brother Josh is also an Eagle Scout who attained that rank in 2003.)

Jon joined the Boy Scouts in 1999 and immediately went to work earning merit badges.

By the time he'd achieved Eagle rank, Jon had not only earned the prerequisite number but had accumulated an additional 13 badges as well.

His favorite merit badge is Shotgun Shooting while the least favorite category was held down by Personal Management.

As his Eagle Project, Jon designed and built a handicap ramp for the Plymouth County museum.

Logan is the son of Teresa and Randy Polson of Marcus.

Logan, who joined the scouts way back in 1993, is 18-years-old and a senior at MMC High School.

A dedicated scout, Logan has paid his dues and diligently made his way up through the scouting ranks from the Tiger Cub level to his present Eagle status.

Besides the required number of merit badges, the MMC scout has earned another nine in the course of his Eagle run.

Like Jon, Logan avers that he enjoyed earning his Shotgun Shooting merit badge the best.

He also adds that accumulating his Personal Fitness notch wasn't nearly as much fun.

As his Eagle Project, Logan opted to paint the cattle shed, office and weight buildings at the Marcus Fair Grounds.

Chad Dodd is the latest Marcus Eagle Scout whose Court of Honor was held at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus.

Chad, a sophomore at MMC, is 15-years-old and the son of Gary and LaDonna Dodd of Marcus.

While growing up, Chad has undoubtedly been influenced a great deal by his 18-year-old brother Joshua, another member of the Marcus Troop's Eagle fraternity.

This scouting stalwart joined the Tiger Cubs in 1996 and like other diligent scouts, mastered his crafts at the many scouting levels before earning his Eagle feathers.

Besides the prerequisite number of merit badges needed to reach the rank of Eagle, Chad has tallied up an impressive additional 19 badges.

This scout attests that Skiing was the easiest badge to earn, mainly because he was already a fairly accomplished skier.

He adds that any badges dealing with the culinary arts and nutrition weren't nearly as much fun to amass.

Like his other two fellow Eagles, Chad has attended camps at a wide variety of sites in a number of states over the years. Nebraska, Virginia, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Minnesota were just a few of the locations for the various scouting jamborees.

As his Eagle Project, Chad opted for a patriotic theme.

He collected and mailed 26 boxes to area citizens engaged in military service overseas.

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