Ryan Siekman of Boy Scout Troop 228 was presented with Boy Scouts’ highest rank, Eagle Scout, at a special Court of Honor ceremony on March 6 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church.
Siekman, the son of Dale and Cindy Siekman, began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in 1998 with Pack 3228. During that time, he earned several belt loops, arrow points and Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 228 in 2004.
On his road to Eagle Scout, Siekman hiked over 100 miles, camped 50 nights and accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service. He has served his troop as a Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader and was elected by his fellow Scouts to the Order of the Arrow, a national Boy Scout honor society. He has earned 26 merit badges and the Polar Bear and Good Turn for Scouting awards. He has also served the local Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council as a counselor in training at Gerber Scout Camp.
For his Eagle Scout project, Siekman planned, constructed and installed a chicken coop for the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center in Lowell.
“Ryan exemplifies what it is to be a Scout and a leader,” according to Assistant Scoutmaster Lonnie Herrington.
In addition to Scouting, this 17-year-old junior at Rockford High School is very active both in and out of school. He has earned letters in academics, sports and music. He is a member of the varsity rugby team, RHS marching band, and wind ensemble concert band. He attends Bella Vista Church and is a member of the Student Leader and Mentor program (SLAM), where he brings his leadership skills gained as a Scout to help guide younger students. He has dedicated time during summer and winter breaks to mission trips both in the inner city of Grand Rapids and the Winnebago Indian Tribe in Winnebago, Nebraska, where he is a favorite among the kids on the reservation.
Siekman is looking forward to a career in which he can serve and honor God, but is unsure where that road will lead. He is currently exploring several local Christian colleges to continue his formal schooling.