Nathan Fry is attempting to earn his Eagle Scout rank and could become the first new Eagle Scout in Arkansas City in more than a decade.


There are several requirements that he must complete in the last few months before his 18th birthday, which is April 22.

The first is being active in his troop — he has been in Scouting for 12 years.

He also must demonstrate that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. For the last several years, Fry has helped with Camp Quivira in Sedan. There he taught younger Scouts valuable skills, including aquatic and outdoor skills.

The third prerequisite is that Fry must earn 21 merit badges. He must also complete a project, which must be “helpful to any religious institution, any school or your community,” according to

“After I get my Eagle Scout, I plan on staying and helping out the troop,” Fry said. He hopes his career path will keep him local.

“If I can just live in this small town and do nothing but what I do and make a living, I’d like that,” he said.

Eagle Scout project

Fry chose a service project that will benefit his local church.

He intends to replace the fencing around the air-conditioning units at First Assembly of God, located at 3125 N. Summit St.

“We’d like to get things done ahead, just in case things go wrong,” Fry said.

He is requesting material donations for the project. “We’re estimating it to be between $2,500 and $2,700,” Fry said.

He plans on using cedar wood and water sealant. The project also will require 80 hours of community service to fix.

So far, the local Kiwanis and Optimist clubs have donated funds to help Fry to complete the fencing.

Bean feed proceeds

The sales Fry earns at the Cub Scouts Pack 328 and Boy Scouts Troop 328 annual bean feed also will go toward his project.

The fundraiser will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 16 at First United Methodist Church, located at 2448 Edgemont Drive.

Adult tickets are $5 and include beans, cornbread, dessert, and a drink.

Fry’s father, James, said anyone who wants to purchase tickets to the bean feed or donate to the project may call (620) 441-8245.

Correction: Ark City Daily Bytes reported in a Feb. 3 story, “Eagle Scout candidate plans service project to assist local church,” that Nathan Fry “could become the first new Eagle Scout in Arkansas City in more than a decade,” based on information provided to Daily Bytes. However, Ark City native Cody Hutchison earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 19, 2016. His Eagle Court of Honor will take place at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at American Legion Post 18, located at 113 E. Washington Ave.