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Determined scout

Scouting has been a part of Scott Seig's life for as long as he can remember. His dad, Fred, has been a part of the Boy Scouts for 50 years, and it was natural that his son take up the family tradition.

But Scott has Down syndrome, which makes earning each badge or learning each skill even more of a challenge.

So when Scott became one of the few men with Down syndrome to become an Eagle Scout, the group's highest honor, it didn't surprise Scott's mother, Connie, that dozens of other Eagle Scouts were present for his badge ceremony at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ga.

Scott, 20, was a late starter in scouting because his parents weren't sure he was ready. At first, he was not big on camping and the outdoors, Connie said. But now he's packed and ready to go in a minute's notice.

To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, 21 merit badges must be earned. Scott was allowed to give oral answers to test questions instead of writing them.

Scott's project to earn his badge was to clean and straighten several traffic signs in Columbus, a task that Connie said was hampered by severely cold weather. "He just kept working no matter how cold it got," she said.

Scott is finishing his time in school, and his mother said he hopes to get a job although they're not sure what type of employment will best suit him.

Given his accomplishments in scouting, there seems to be little that Scott can't do once he sets his mind to it.


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