Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts, and Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca High School Senior Colton Nichols achieved that honor on Dec. 9, 2018.  
For most of his 12 years in scouting, it has been his goal to become an Eagle Scout.  “I’ve made it a goal for myself.  My cousin received Eagle, so I felt I needed to match the challenge!” he added.
Nichols’ first big accomplishment in scouting was the Arrow of Light which is achieved at the end of Cub Scouts to crossover to Boy Scouts.  He earned this award by completing work in fitness, citizenship, outdoors, technology, and many other topics.  The “Arrow of Light” is the highest honor of a Cub Scout before moving on to Boy Scouts.
In order to earn recognition as an Eagle Scout, Nichols had to complete 21 merit badges including first aid, citizenship, communication, emergency preparedness/lifesaving, and others. Additionally, he did a service project to place the veteran war medallions into stone next to the graves at Park Hill Cemetery.  The concrete makes them more sturdy. For those that were missing or worn, they were replaced.  It’s an ongoing project that Nichols said is important for recognizing those who have served in the Armed Services.
According to the National Eagle Scout Association, “Eagle is the highest and most coveted award in all Scouting, and it is the last major step in the advancement program. If, at this point, Scouting has not achieved its purpose in the building of character- -in the training for leadership--in the practice of service--then it probably never shall. These thoughts, which are in effect the basic code of Scouting, are well summed up in a pledge which is taken by every Scout in the council upon advancement to Eagle rank.”
Though he has completed his goal as a Boy Scout, Nichols now plans to become a leader so that he can participate in campouts and leading other Boy Scout troop activities on his Christmas and summer breaks. He will attend Dakota State University in the fall. If able to find a troop, Nichols would like to be a part of a troop there as well.
It was a lot of hard work, but Nichols said, “It was a milestone…  Many people don’t get to call themselves an Eagle Scout.  Once you’ve gone to all the work to become an Eagle Scout, it’s worth it!”