Climbing the Boy Scout ladder
You might say scouting is in Tim Sikora's blood - his older brothers were Cub Scouts and his father is an Eagle Scout.
"It's very much in the family," he said.
Sikora, a Woodbury High School junior, followed in his family's footsteps on his way toward earning the rank of Eagle Scout.
Sikora, a member of Troop 9072, participated in a ceremony earlier this month at Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury.
"I'm full of exhilaration and pure joy," he said. "But it's kind of nice having it over with though."
Sikora first joined Cub Scouts when he was 7 years old.
"I joined a very active troop that was really big into actual camping out in tents," he said, "so it was a nice pleasure to have all these experiences - I just kind of fell in love with the program."
Sikora said his favorite aspect to scouting has been the camping trips.
"You're out in the woods and you have to deal with real problems - who's bringing the food, who's doing this," he said. "You're pretty much left on your own to plan all this."
Sikora said he learned a lot about planning during his time with Boy Scouts.
"Most of the errors come when we don't plan," he said.
Sikora said he decided to continue on to the rank of Eagle Scout thanks to his troop leaders.
"Being an Eagle Scout is held in high respect," he said, "and our scout master has built a very solid foundation, so it's very easy for us to reach out and get enough help to achieve that status."
For his project, Sikora built a storage shed at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church.
The shed will help support the church's Community Bread Oven ministry.
The program offers bread-baking classes and other community events.
The shed that Sikora built will house the firewood needed for the oven and other bread-baking tools.
"I liked the idea of it and it was clear that the community was looking forward to having this oven and they wanted it to be something they could enjoy and not have to deal with problems," he said.
He spent a total of 350 hours on the shed, which can hold more than 100 logs.
Sikora said he intends to stay involved with Boy Scouts in some form.
"I have friends that are working on their projects now that I want to help," he said. "It's very much a ladder you get help up and then you turn around and help others."