Local youth earns Eagle Scout recognition

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Local youth earns Eagle Scout recognition

Spencer D. Dodgen, 16, of Story City, Iowa, has earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement rank a scout can earn.

Dodgen was recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony held on April 2, 2016, at the Fairview Lodge in Story City. Spencer is the son of Doug and Lynn Dodgen, and is a member of Troop #101, Story City. Dodgen’s Scoutmaster at the time he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout was Keith Bidne. His current Scoutmaster is Jeremy McKinley.

Nationally, only 2% of boys in scouting achieve the rank of Eagle. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community or church-related service project to earn his Eagle rank.

For his project, Dodgen designed and developed a sensory trail for equestrian therapy provided by One Heart Equestrian Therapy, Inc. The trail consisted of eight stations that incorporate all of the senses to challenge riders with special needs, including improving their balance, steering and communication skills, all while giving them a trail experience that is interactive and fun. The project was awarded a grant by the Story County Community Foundation.

Dodgen is a Junior at Roland-Story High School, where he is active in Student Council, National Honor Society, Band, and Jazz Band. Dodgen attends church at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa and is active in Youth Group and Band of Brothers. Dodgen is also a lifeguard at the Roland municipal pool.

Boy Scout Troop #101 is in its 77th year of providing outdoor adventure and leadership training for area youth. The troop is sponsored by the American Legion, Post #59, Story City, Iowa. Since its inception, the Boy Scouts of America has become one of the nation’s premier youth development organizations, with more than 110 million youth participants since 1910.