Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew 2055 convened an Eagle Court of Honor on Aug. 12 at West Side Presbyterian Church for Barrett Hamilton, John Riling, Kyle Sylvester and Thomas Champion.
Hamilton, Riling and Sylvester received their Eagle rank from Crew 2055. Champion is a member of both Troop 53 and Crew 2055.
Hamilton has earned 25 merit badges and the 50-Miler Award. He is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow, and a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Hamilton has served as an assistant patrol leader, a patrol leader, troop bugler, chaplain's aide and crew president.
Among notable activities, Hamilton attended camp at Bartle Scout Reservation for several summers and participated in the Kanik winter camping program at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He completed a 65-mile backpacking trek at Philmont in August 1997 and canoed more than 50 miles in the White Otter Wilderness in Ontario, Canada, in June 1998. Hamilton also snowshoed and cross-county skied in Wyoming, backpacked through the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma, and skied in Colorado.
For his Eagle project, Hamilton designed and built an outdoor classroom at Hillcrest School.
Hamilton is a 2000 graduate of Free State High School and will attend the University of Colorado this fall. His parents are Cathy and Rex Hamilton.
Riling earned 27 merit badges. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
He has served as an assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader in Troop 60. In Troop 55, he served as historian, patrol leader and patrol quartermaster. Riling also served as a vice president of Crew 2055.
Riling attended summer camp at Bartle Scout Reservation several years and participated in the Kanik winter camping program at Philmont in 1997. He completed a backpacking trek at Philmont in 1997 with Troop 60, and canoed more than 50 miles in the White Otter Wilderness in Ontario, Canada, in 1998 with Crew 2055. Riling snowshoed and cross-county skied in Wyoming and skied in Colorado. He recently returned from another Philmont Trek with Troop 59.
For his Eagle project, Riling designed and built a foot bridge for Hidden Valley Girl Scout Camp.
Riling will be a senior at Lawrence High School this fall. His parents are Mike and Cindy Riling.
Sylvester has earned 21 merit badges. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
In Troop 55, Sylvester has served as a patrol quartermaster, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. He also served as a vice president of Crew 2055.
Sylvester attended camp at Bartle Scout Reservation several summers and participated in the Kanik winter camping program at Philmont. He canoed more than 50 miles in the White Otter Wilderness in Ontario, Canada, in 1998 with Crew 2055. Sylvester snowshoed and cross-county skied in Wyoming, skied in Colorado, and backpacked in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma.
For his Eagle project, Sylvester designed and built benches for the nature trail at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City.
Sylvester is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School and will attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design this fall. His parents are Carolyn Sylvester and Jerry Sylvester.
Champion has earned 34 merit badges. Among his leadership positions in Troop 53, he served as an assistant patrol leader, troop guide, and assistant senior patrol leader.
Champion attended Camp Alexander in Colorado for three summers with Troop 53. Also with Troop 53, Thomas attended Somers Canoe Base in Minnesota and BSA Sea Base in the Florida Keys. He canoed more than 50 miles in the White Otter Wilderness in Ontario, Canada, in 1998 with Crew 2055. Also with Crew 2055, Champion has skied in Colorado. Earlier this summer, he rafted the Royal Gorge and backpacked in the Sangre de Christo Mountains in Colorado with Crew 2055.
For his Eagle project, Champion designed and built an outdoor classroom for New York School.
Thomas is a 2000 graduate of Free State High School and will attend Kansas University this fall. His parents are Elke Lorenz and Wayne Champion.
Ten Boy Scouts from Troop 64, chartered to the Eudora Lions Club, spent July 30 to Aug. 8 at Boy Scouts of America's Northern Tier High Adventure Camp near Atikokan, Ontario. They canoed 67 miles across several lakes. Highlights of the trip included sightings of bald eagles, catching and eating several species of fish, picking wild berries and visiting the White Otter Castle, a four-story log cabin built by one person about 86 years ago.
The group also visited the Summer's Canoe Base and the Dorothy Molter Museum, both near Ely, Minn. Troop members qualified for the 50 Miler Award and the International Activities Award.
Scouts who participated were Ian Matter, Jared Pringle, Aaron Neis, Bart Carroll, and Bryce Landon. Assistant scout leader Ray Carroll was the contingent leader for this activity. The other adults in the group included Glenn Jackson, scoutmaster; Richard Neis, assistant scoutmaster, and Barry Landon and Tim Pringle, committee members.
On Aug. 17, 20 Scouts and family members of Troop 64 attended the Shriner's Rodeo at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.
Twenty boys and 13 adults of Cub Scout Pack 3051, chartered to Pinckney School attended Webelos summer camp at Theodore Naish Reservation.
The first-year participants were Joseph Vannicola, Derek Clark, Kelly Jones, John McClean, Kegan Taylor, Casey Wagner, Ian Heinerickson, Chance McKinley and Josh Durflinger.
The second-year Webelos who attended were Timothy Barta, Isaiah Dover, Nicholas Joseph, Rickey Walter, Mark Hoffman, Karel Hill, Will Middleton, James Easter, Jeremy Warber and Kyle Gibson.
The adults were lead by Tom Hoffman and included Deb Vannicola, Joe Hutchins, Raquel McClean, Audry Taylor, David Wagner, Tom Heinerickson, Marlena Durflinger, John Barta, Dan Dover, Robin Joseph, Mike Walter and Annamarie Hill, pack committee chair.
The first-year campers worked on their Forester, Naturalist and Outdoor badges.
The following Boy Scouts and scouters from the Pelathe District worked as commissioners at summer camp.
Josh Bailey, Troop 59, was on the Lone Star dining hall staff at Camp Bartle. Chris Volek, Troop 55, was on the Lone Star pool staff at Camp Bartle. Dan Sheely, Troop 55, was on the Saw Mill Pool Staff for the third year at Camp Bartle. Tom Sheely was lead commissioner and Dan Keller, Casey Jones and George McCleary were camp site commissioners for three sessions of Webelos camping at Piercing Arrow in Camp Bartle. Tom Volek was camp director for Piercing Arrow. Deb Vannicola was a camp site commissioner at Theodore Naish Reservation.
Boy Scout Troop 61, chartered to St. Luke's AME Church, conducted its Summer Court of Honor on Aug. 15 at Clinton Lake.
Jacob Farmer and Andrew Jones advanced to Tenderfoot. Josh Alhert, Jack Berkowitz and Matt Sloan became second class scouts. Bill Berkowitz and Spence Chaney received their World Conservation Awards.
The following Scouts earned a total of 63 merit badges: Josh Alhert, Josh Bailey, Bill Berkowitz, Jack Berkowitz, Calib Bryson, Spence Chaney, Jacob Farmer, Andrew Jones, Peter Leach, David McGee, Brandon McGuire, Kelsy Mullis, Michael O'Malley, Terrance Payne, Chris Roberts, Jason Russell, Mathew Sloan and Jacob Schultz.
Hosts of the Court of Honor were Kelsey Mullis and Jason Russell. The opening was performed by members of the Order of the Arrow from Troop 61.