Seeler earns Eagle Scout rank

Tate Seeler of Forest Lake has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.

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A member of Troop 173, sponsored by Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, Seeler was recognized in an Eagle court of honor at the Scandia community center on Sunday, March 2.

About 4 percent of all Boy Scouts attain Eagle rank. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or school service project.

For his project, Seeler led a crew of 15 adult and Scout volunteers to repair and enhance the science dock at Century Junior High, which had been vandalized. The crew extended the dock ramps and added a cable railing system, solar lighting and a security camera.

Seeler started scouting as a Tiger Cub Scout when he was in first grade at Scandia Elementary. He earned Cub Scouting’s highest honor, the Arrow of Light.

As a Boy Scout, he participated in many camping experiences. These included annual week-long trips to Tomahawk Scout Reservation in Birchwood, Wis. He canoed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, hiked in the Pacific Northwest and sailed at Sea Base in Florida.  He has also winter camped in below-zero temperatures.

As a member of Troop 173, Seeler served as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Troop Instructor. He earned 24 merit badges.

At Forest Lake High School, where he is a senior, Seeler has lettered in football, weight training and academics. He is the son of David and Betsy Seeler.