Joshua Teasdale earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. He received the Eagle Scout award at a special court of honor on July 28 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Otsego, which sponsors Troop 378.
To earn the Eagle, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, Teasdale participated in years of scouting in Michigan, Kentucky and Minnesota, receiving rank advancements over time, completed 30 merit badges and led volunteers in a community service project to build a fire pit at Prairie Park in Otsego.
The court of honor recognized two scouts from the troop who earned their Eagle award, Teasdale and Jacob Turner of Big Lake. Bill Barber, a member of the advancement committee of the Northern Lights District of the Northstar Council led Teasdale and Turner in the Eagle Scout oath and pledge. Andrew Teasdale, Joshua’s father, presented his son with the award.
Although Joshua is receiving his Eagle Award in Minnesota, much of his scouting activities took place in Kentucky, where his family lived until 2010.
“Joshua had a lot of influence as a quiet leader amongst his peers,” Shaun Tullis, his scout leader from Kentucky said in a recorded message.
Andrea Anderson, troop committee chair, conducted the court of honor. At the conclusion she said, “These boys are driven, and because they are, they are going to do great things in their lives.”
Teasdale, 17, is a senior at Roger’s High School and the son of Andrew and Elaine Teasdale of Otsego. He wanted to give special thanks to the many people who contributed to his service project Doug Schroeder for construction and legal help, Kirk O’Koneck and Todd Plaisted for providing materials, Lowes for donating tools and supplies and the Otsego City Council and Parks and Recreation Department.