ESCANABA - Andrew M. Fitch received his Eagle Scout award in a ceremony held at the newly completed chapel at Camp Hiawatha on July 18.
Andrew is the son of Bob and Gloria Fitch and lives in Arlington, Texas, and grandson of Paddy and the late Dr. Don Fitch of Escanaba. However, he spent summers and vacations in Escanaba as a member of Troop 411, Escanaba.
Dr. Fitch was the Scoutmaster of Troop 411 for over 30 years. Though Dr. Fitch was not an Eagle Scout himself, he was very proud of the large number of young men who became Eagle Scouts during his leadership. Three of these were his own sons - Bob in 1976, Russ in 1981, and Gordy in 1985.
Eagle Scout Andrew Fitch, second from right, received the award during a Court of Honor held at Camp Hiawatha in mid-July. He is pictured with his father and two uncles, all of whom were Eagle Scouts, from left, uncle, Russ Fitch; father, Bob Fitch; and uncle, Gordy Fitch. In foreground is Andrew’s grandmother and Scout leader, Paddy Fitch.
The names of four Eagle Scouts, from left, Russ, Bob, Andrew (the newest Eagle) and Gordy Fitch are included on a plaque Eagle Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 411 of Escanaba. Many of the Eagles earned their prestigious honor during the tenure of their late Scoutmaster, Dr. Don Fitch, who led the troop for more than 30 years.
Andrew's involvement with the troop included two summers as a member of the Governor's Honor Guard on Mackinaw Island, various adventure trips, scout camp at Camp Hiawatha, as well as troop activities.
His Eagle project involved a new tree in the OSF Serenity Garden, completed last summer. Andrew and his fellow scouts had to first dig out an existing root system from a prior large tree. They then prepared the area around the entire base of the new tree so it would properly support the brick sitting wall that the scouts built around the tree.
The Eagle Scout ceremony included both of Andrew's Eagle Scout uncles with Russ Fitch giving the Eagle Challenge and Gordy Fitch giving the Eagle Charge.
"While it was a bit difficult without Don there in person, the ceremony was a very exciting one," stated Paddy. "To be able to see the second generation become involved in something that has been so much fun and meant so much to Don and I, is very special. It is a thrill and an honor to be able to continue to work in the great program of scouting."