ONTARIO -- Logan Rietschlin, of Mansfield, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Nationally, only 2 percent of boys who start out in scouting achieve this rank.
The Ontario gradaute will be recognized in ceremonies on Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. at Gorman Nature Center. He is the son of Ben and RiKi Rietschlin, and a member of Troop 170, in Ontario. His Scoutmaster is Aaron Samuels.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle. Rietschlin’s project consisted of removing and replacing an old, unsafe footbridge at the Gorman Nature Center in Mansfield.
The project included widening the bridge from the original plans to allow the volunteers to the access the whole property with mowers and other equipment, as well as giving hikers a much safer bridge to cross over.
The new Eagle Scout contacted several companies who donated almost $5,0000 in supplies and man hours. He also had to delegate tasks to younger scouts, peers, and to adults, which demonstrated leadership skills.
The Eagle required Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank are First-Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Personal Fitness, Emergency Preparedness or Life Saving, Environmental Science or Sustainability, Personal Management, Swimming or Hiking or Cycling, Camping, Cooking, Family Life and eight elective merit badges
Rietschlin is a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Shelby. He is an All-Ohio Swimmer for Ontario High School varsity swim team, where he also ran and threw shot-put and discus on the varsity track and cross-country team. He was also a member of FCCLA.