TONICA — Brice Fundell has discovered he loves to construct and create, so the high school junior decided to take on two projects instead of one in his quest for an Eagle Scout badge.
While in eighth grade, he stepped on glass and needed surgery. During that time, he read a lot of “Dr. Who” comics and decided he wanted to build a Tardis — the science-fiction time machine to another dimension, built in a British 1963 police phone booth.
He talked to his dad, Ritch, and they built it together.
“I really wanted to build a Tardis. That was what gave me the inspiration to build things,” he said.
This year, while seeking his Eagle Scout project, the La Salle-Peru Township High School student asked people at his former grade school, Tonica, what they’d like to see built. They requested a border for containment of pea gravel around the grade school playground equipment, and he quickly offered to create that border by using railroad ties.
But he also decided to lead a project to provide some shade and shelter from the elements outside of the school. Family members, friends and fellow Boy Scouts last week attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new shelter over two picnic tables.
In keeping with requirements for Eagle Scout projects, Fundell sought permission, planned and gained financial support and donations for the venture.
Fundell then led a crew of helpers to get the jobs done.
He anticipates having his Court of Honor ceremony to receive the Eagle rank in the next couple of months, and his friends in Peru Boy Scout Troop 123, Colton Sittler and Christian Risk, also are in the process of attaining the rank. In addition, his brother Connor, 14, soon will advance to the Life Scout rank, just a step below Eagle Scout.
Why does Brice like being a Boy Scout?
“I like how it teaches you a lot of skills you could possibly use throughout your entire life, and I’m made some close friends,” he said.
He also made the Tardis, which he unveiled this spring at a sci-fi night at Peru Public Library. It’s not quite like travel into another dimension, but involvement in Boy Scouts has taken Fundell to a lot of new places.
As a Boy Scout, he has had one week of National Youth Leadership Training with Boy Scouts of America and is currently the senior patrol leader for the Troop 123. He has been to Cache Lake Ontario for a BSA trip and has made two trips to Tomahawk Scout Reservation in northern Wisconsin.
He also is planning a canoe trip to the Boundary Waters in Canada in June 2020.
He is the son of Ritch and Nicole Fundell of Tonica.
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