Mandan News

Local youth achieves Eagle Scout

Casey Wieland stand with his troops flag, while giving a speech during his Eagle Scout ceremony. (Dustin White photo)

Casey Wieland stand with his troops flag, while giving a speech during his Eagle Scout ceremony. (Dustin White photo)

By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor

The path to being an Eagle Scout is often quite long, and not always the smoothest. It can take thousands of hours of work, and years of one’s life to reach the achievement. When one finally does though, they stand in a tradition along with the likes of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Earlier this week, one Mandan scout took his place along side Armstrong, completing just one more of his goals.

Casey Wieland, troop no. 54, began in the scouts when he was just a young boy. Earning badges, and progressing through the ranks, Casey made the decision to continue along that path.

As with other scouts, Casey spent a considerable amount of time giving back to the community. Participating in a number of services for the community, as well as learning other skills, he readied himself for the eventual service project that he would undertake. However, throughout the course of this progression, the work was something Casey enjoyed, which the intention of the scouts.

“The most important part of scouting is having fun while learning,” Scout Master Larry Martin said.

When the time came, Casey decided to focus his project on helping out the North Dakota State Railroad Museum in Mandan. The museum, always happy to expand, lent their support for the project, and Casey embarked on a 300 hundred hour task of building a replica bunkhouse.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, these bunkhouses were meant to lodge section crews. Since it was necessary to maintain the railroad tracks, crews were positions every 10 miles. Having to performing daily maintenance, the railroad decided to provide water and housing for each crew member.

By building a replica of one of these houses, Casey was able to help bring that history alive. He received a large amount of support for this action as well. The Mandan Moose donated $1,000 to the project, and the Railroad Museum helped with supplied and lumber.

Making use out of recycled material, the bunkhouse was also constructed partially out of lumber taken from a house that was torn down in Mandan.

The service project was not Casey’s final task to complete though. It was necessary for him to complete a board review, in order to determine if he demonstrated what an Eagle Scout was meant to be.

To those who know Casey, it was not much of a surprise when successfully complete the review, and was able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, an honor bestowed upon only 6% of scouts.

Having become and Eagle Scout, Casey will continue to support and work in his community. One task that is expected from him is that he will go on to be a mentor to other scouts. This is a task that he is especially well suited, beginning already to support his fellow members.

“I encourage the outer scouts to continue and do something like this (service project),” Casey said.