7:05 AM PST, March 1, 2013
Nicholas George, 15, of Oden has earned the highest advancement the Boy Scouts of America offers, the Eagle Scout award.
A court of honor to celebrate his achievement took place Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. State Rep. Frank Foster presented Nicholas a special tribute as well as a flag that had been flown over the Capitol.
For his Eagle Scout project, Nicholas constructed and placed five benches along the Pigeon River Andreae and Banwell Preserve trails. The land is owned by the Little Traverse Conservancy. The Home Depot of Petoskey supported this project by donating supplies, offering expertise and the use of tools and a place to build the benches. The labor was provided by St. Francis Xavier Boy Scout Troop 7 and several volunteers. Walmart of Petoskey donated food and supplies to nourish the volunteers.
During his years in scouting, Nicholas attended the 100th anniversary National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., and served in the Governor's Honor Guard on Mackinac Island. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Nataepu Shohpe Lodge and Petoskey Boy Scout Venture Crew 7. Nicholas has been a member of St. Francis Xavier scouts since he joined as a Tiger Cub in 2004.
He is the son of Brad and Karen George of Oden.