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Young Eagle Scout getting early start

September 15, 2010

Photo provided From left, Tylor Borggren, Anthony Paul and Braiden Overmyer work at the monument site.

PLYMOUTH — One local Boy Scout fully represents the term go-getter.
The highest honor for a Scout is to be named an Eagle Scout. It is an honor that remains on resumes throughout careers. The project for the honor of Eagle Scout must be completed by the time the Scout is 18 years old. Tylor Borggren asked himself, “Why wait?”
The 14-year-old will complete his project later this month and it will be dedicated on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Chief Menominee Statue site.
Tylor and his crew have placed a new historical marker to tell the location of Chief Menominee's village at the Menominee statue site. He spent the summer working on the project. A member of Troop 251, he admits it wasn’t as hard as you might think.
“I had a lot of people helping me out with everything,” he said. “The other scouts in my troop helped a lot.”
 Tylor and the other scouts and their parents have worked at three sites that needed attention – the Menominee statue on Peach Road, Menominee's chapel monument on 12th Road, and the Trail of Death sign on Indiana 17 and 12th Road. Tylor is a freshman at Plymouth High School. He is the son of Kent and Sherri Borggren of Plymouth.
Tylor Borggren contacted Shirley Willard of the Potawatomi Trail of Death Association, Rochester, for ideas. She suggested he contact Professor Mark Schurr for the location of Menominee's village as determined by Schurr's archeological digs and research in 2000-2002.  Evidence indicated the village was located about two miles southeast of the statue in the Wolf Creek neighborhood. The site is on private property but to not encourage trespassing, the marker has been placed beside the Menominee statue.
“My grandfather (Ray Borggren) gave me the idea originally for the project,” said Tyler. “He told me about the chapel monument, and I decided to work on it.”
Each successful Eagle Scout project emphasizes planning, working with others and executing a community service project for a local non-profit agency. It is a process that teaches the scout helpful management skills.
“I really learned a lot about working with others,” said Tylor. “That and a lot of hard work. I’m sure that will come in handy later.”
It might leave the young Eagle Scout with one problem – what to do for an encore with so many years of scouting left.
“I’m going to be active in my troop,” he said. “I’m going to help other scouts with their projects.”
The public is invited to the dedication. George Godfrey, a Potawatomi who had ancestors on the Trail of Death, will conduct the dedication with a traditional ceremony. Godfrey is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, Ok. George and Michelle Schricker of Plymouth will sing the song Schricker wrote about Menominee.

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