Trail kiosk earns Scheel Eagle Scout rank


Benjamin Scheel, son of Todd and Jeanie Scheel of Stillwater, was awarded with the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award available and one that only 3 percent of scouts attain, at a February ceremony attended by friends, family, and fellow Troop No. 114 Boy Scouts.

Scheel’s Eagle project consisted of building a trail kiosk for the city at the entrance of Brown’s Creek Park in Stillwater. The kiosk benefits hikers, runners and Nordic skiers currently using the trails.

Scheel, 17, is a senior at Stillwater Area High School and currently an assistant instructor at UMA Karate where he is a second-degree black belt. He has also been inducted into the Order of The Arrow, one of Scouting’s most highly respected organizations. He has also taken on many leadership roles, including a week-long leadership training camp, the NYLP, along with being the senior patrol leader for two straight terms.

Scheel also believes he would not be where he is today without the support of his family and critical discipline skills given to him through his martial arts experience.