Three sons, three eagles

SEARS — Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is no easy process. That’s why you don’t meet many. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, and as you move up in rank over the years and set your sights on that of Eagle, the work becomes tougher.

There are many requirements. One requirement is that you earn at least 21 merit badges. Logan Prichard, a 17-year-old junior at Evart High School, knew he was equal to the task and not only was he determined to become an Eagle Scout, but proud to be the third son in his family to do so.

Logan joined Boy Scout Troop 120 at Barryton when he was 11. “I had the same Scoutmaster all the way through.” It was Carl King, and Logan had the utmost respect for his leader.

“The morning I was supposed to carry out my project to help others, a bunch of us got together to work on it,” Logan recalls. How could he ever forget. He and his fellow Scouts gathered, and started working, but learned that the Scoutmaster was not going to be there. “We knew he fell and was sent to Clare by ambulance. Then he was flown to Butterworth, but that was all we knew.”

Later, the Scouts learned a man-sized truth. Their Scoutmaster had passed away, “of a major stroke called a brain bleed,” Logan explained.

Did they quit the project? Put if off to another day? Not at all.

“We did what he would have wanted us to do. We kept working on the project. Becoming an Eagle takes lots of leadership skills, and this was a time when we had to prove we could continue.”

Continue they did, building four wooden picnic tables which are wheelchair-accessible. “We had gone this far and we knew it was important for all of us to keep going,” Logan said. “We were building them at my grandma’s house, and when they came to tell us, we continued on. We finished them that day. We have to live by the Scout Oath. A Scout is reverent. We were helping each other through this, and doing something good for others. Mr. King would have liked that.”

And so they found the strength to keep going. Once finished, two wheelchair accessible tables were donated to the Sears Church of God and two to the Osceola County Fairgrounds. Logan’s brother, Steven Prichard made handicap-accessible picnic tables for the fairgrounds a few years earlier as part of his Eagle Scout requirements.

Logan said he was impressed with his brother’s project, and “although mine was similar, it was different. We made the design a little bit different, and you had to figure out all the angles for the legs. We kind of figured out how they were built and just built them. I had quite a bit of adult help earlier, and then we just did it.”

Those adults included, he said, “Mr. Eichelberger, a teacher at Evart, my Scoutmaster Mr. Carl King, my brother Joseph, my dad, Fred Prichard, my youth pastor Rob Rounds, my uncle Erick McNeilly, and Dirk Huntly, an adult leader.”

He went on to say, “If the need arises, I probably would make more.” He said that although the cost was close to $500 for the four tables, “Maple Arbor Farms donated a quarter of the cost of the materials, Louis W. McNeilly Memorial Fund another fourth, and Smith Lumber Company donated the last half of the materials. Everybody was good to us and helped us help some others too.”

Logan brought the conversation back to his Scoutmaster often., saying, “He was an encourager. I feel he was a good mentor. He didn’t give and take, he had true leadership fashion and I respected him a lot.” Logan and four current Eagle Scouts including his brother Joseph, Alex Mortenson, Richard French “and one from Mr. King’s first troop at Bay City, and Josh Renne, who is a Life Scout currently, on his way to Eagle” were Mr. King’s pall bearers.

The young man who talks much about his brothers, and his sister, Arianne, who was salutatorian of her graduating class, says he is proud of them all. He added that his brother Joseph did cleanup for his Eagle Scout at Evart Elementary School’s Kid’s Pad, a wooden playground where he sanded all the graffiti off and added wood chips around it.

This son of Fred and Annette has chores to do on the family farm, and enjoys talking about the heritage of his house, and his dog, Job (“It’s pronounced Jobe like from the Bible, is my border collie and likes to hide out in the house, and mom’s dog, but sort of all of our’s, that’s Summer. She’s blind from diabetes.”

A Scout is reverent. Logan likes helping others. “I just basically like to help people. It’s a Boy Scout thing and I can’t get away from it. Do a good turn daily, you know, and for me it’s more if possible.”

He has cattle of his own, hopes to do shot put and discus this year in track, “and I guess that’s about it.”

Oh, and then there’s that Eagle Scout ceremony, the third son, who reminds others he’s very proud of his brothers and sister.

“I mean that,” he said, and “I have Mr. King and my family to thank and others too, even you,” he said petting the head of the blind dog who just sauntered over to him as he spoke and laid its head on his lap.

With that it was time to head for the barn and help his mom feed five new calves.