By Jennifer Kotila
DASSEL, MN Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout takes years of commitment and dedication to learning and serving something Eric Dahlseng, 16, knows all about.
He recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, which was celebrated by a ceremony at Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel Dec. 4.
Dahlseng is the son of Paulette and Keith Dahlseng of Dassel.
For his Eagle Scout service project, Dahlseng re-sided the shed at the Dassel Community Cemetery and replaced the overhead doors on the shed.
When he was looking for a project, Dahlseng consulted Jim Hallquist, the committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 253, who called John Dahl, the president of Dassel Cemetery Association to see if there was a project that needed to be completed.
Dahlseng began planning for the project and raising money in May 2010, and was ready to begin working on the project by mid-August 2010.
“I spent 60 hours personally, and the total number of hours (spent on the project) was 235 or so,” Dahlseng.
Assisting Dahlseng with the project were other Boy Scouts from troop 253.
The project was complete last October, but to become an Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must earn a total of 21 merit badges, 12 required and nine elective.
Although Dahlseng had 33 merit badges, “I had to get one more required merit badge and complete the paperwork before becoming an Eagle Scout,” he said.
Now that Dahlseng is an Eagle Scout, he plans to continue with Scouting, earning Eagle palms.
A palm is earned for every five merit badges earned above the 21 needed to become an Eagle Scout, along with an additional three months involvement in Scouting.
Because Dahlseng has earned 34 merit badges, he will earn two palms once he has been involved in Scouts for six more months.
Dahlseng started his career in scouting as a Cub Scout in kindergarten and first grade, eventually becoming a Boy Scout at the end of fifth grade.
Throughout the years, he has learned outdoor skills, and organization and planning skills, Dahlseng said.
During his Eagle Scout project, Dahlseng learned leadership skills by organizing the project and the plan, and delegating jobs to other Boy Scouts, he said.
Along with Scouting, Dahlseng is also involved in jazz band, marching band, concert band, swimming, National Honor Society, math league, and the mentorship program The Future Lies in You.