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Michael Fakler Earns Boy Scout’s Highest Award: Eagle Rank

By Staff | Mar 31, 2011

Eagle Court of Honor was held Sunday, March 27, in recognition of Michael Fakler. The ceremony was held at Holy Family Catholic Church. Michael, pictured with his parents, Valerie and Tim Fakler, is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 46. – Lori Hall photo

Michael J. Fakler has earned the highest award presented to Boy Scouts of America-the rank of Eagle Scout. He advanced to the Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 15, 2010. It is a rare honor as only two-percent of Boy Scouts ever attains this prestigious rank.

The Eagle Court of Honor was held Sunday, March 27, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Scoutmaster Mike Frederick and leaders and members of Boy Scout Troop 46 participated in the ceremony.

Michael’s parents, Valerie and Tim Fakler, participated in the ceremony. Valerie pinned the Eagle badge over Michael’s heart. Tim presented his son with the Eagle neck scarf. In return, Michael presented his father with an Eagle tie tack and the Eagle mother’s pin to his mother. Michael also presented a Mentor’s Pin to his Scoutmaster, Mike Frederick.

In the Candidate’s Moment, Michael thanked his parents, grandparents, and other family and friends for their support. He also expressed appreciation to the Emmetsburg Rotary Club for their support of his recent community service project. Michael gave special thanks to his scouting friends from Minnesota who traveled to Iowa to attend his Court of Honor.

Michael began his scouting career as a Tiger Scout in May 1997 at Savage, Minnesota. In March 2004, he joined Boy Scout Troop 336 in Savage. Boy Scout Troop 46 in Emmetsburg welcomed Michael as a member in September 2007.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Michael completed the basic requirements of Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class scouting. He attained Tenderfoot rank on April 18, 2005. He achieved Second Class on Sept. 26, 2005, and First Class on Jan. 9, 2006. Michael was awarded Star rank on Jan. 20, 2008, and Life rank on Aug. 16, 2009. He officially attained Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 15, 2010.

Michael served in several leadership positions during his scouting career. He has been Den Chief, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.

Michael earned a total of 25 merit badges, including Auto Mechanic, Basketry, Canoeing, Climbing, Fingerprinting, Fish and Wildlife Management, Leatherwork, Mammal Study, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Space Exploration, Wilderness Survival, and Wood Carving. Also included in that total are the following merit badges which are required for Eagle Scout eligibility: Camping, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Family Life, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, and Swimming.

The rank of Eagle also requires a community service project that is planned, supervised, and completed by the scout. On Oct. 6, 2010, Michael was joined by other scouts and adults to install 20 flagpoles at the Palo Alto County Courthouse. Money to purchase the materials and flags was donated by the Emmetsburg Rotary Club.

Michael Fakler is a senior at Bishop Garrigan Catholic High School. He will graduate in May and will attend Briar Cliff University in Sioux City where he plans on studying computer science and business.