Austin Fraedrich, a member of BSA Troop 16 chartered at The Federated Church in Sycamore, was recently awarded the Eagle rank, the highest award achievable in Boy Scouts. Fraedrich is the son of William and Mary Fraedrich of Sycamore.
Fraedrich began his scouting journey in first grade as a Tiger Scout with Cub Scout Pack 140 chartered by St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sycamore. He earned all five Cub Scout ranks, the Arrow of Light and the Parvuli Dei. Some of his favorite Cub Scout memories include the Pinewood Derby, Cub-O-Ree, and just hanging out with his friends.
Fraedrich continued with Boy Scout Troop 16 and officially earned the rank of Eagle in August 2013. He held leadership positions ranging from assistant patrol leader to senior patrol leader.
During his trail to Eagle, Fraedrich earned 32 merit badges. Canoeing was his favorite because they got to swamp the canoe. He really enjoyed the Boundary Waters high adventure trip.
Fraedrich’s Eagle project involved working with the Master Gardeners at the Sycamore History Museum creating and building three raised flower beds on the museum property. With the assistance of scout friends and leaders his project was completed in July 2013.
Fraedrich recently held his formal Eagle ceremony along with two patrol mates who achieved the rank in April.
Fraedrich graduated from Sycamore High School in May where he played football and was in track. He also participated in the Sycamore Rugby Club. He will attend Kishwaukee College in the fall and plans to remain active in scouting with Troop 16 as time permits.
Troop 16 meets most Sunday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Federated Church in Sycamore. For more information, call Scoutmaster Tim Ruetten at 815-895-4940.