Eagle Scout - June 11, 2019
Project - North Adams Cemetery Restoration Project (see slide show below)
Codie Wheeler first joined scouting through Cub Scout Pack 37 in 2009. He earned the Arrow of Light and became a Boy Scout in 2013, joining Troop 37 of Adams. Later that year, Codie helped to form Troop 586, where he would serve actively.
Throughout his career in scouting, Codie served as Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Scribe, Webmaster, Historian, and, currently, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. His role in the troop is to provide guidance to the troop’s youth while also helping the Scoutmaster team. In the troop, he helped to put together many events and campouts, including two trips to the Summit Bechtel Reserve High Adventure Base.
In 2017, Codie attended Longhouse Council’s National Youth Leadership Training. That year, and the next, Codie served as one of the instructors for Scouting University’s Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.
In 2018, Codie went to the Blair Atholl International Jamborette in Scotland with a contingency from Longhouse Council, including two others from Troop 586. The three week trip gave him the opportunity to meet people from other nations, cultures, and ways of life, as the camp has been a host to over 50 different nations, including many European nations, Japan, Hong Kong, and some African nations. The experience was one the best of his scouting career, and it helped him generate new ideas and tools to bring back to his troop and community.
During Scouts, Codie has been to Maryland, Vermont, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Canada, and Scotland on many different trips.
In 2018 and 2019, Codie worked with the North Adams Cemetery Association to plan a restoration project for the North Adams Cemetery. Originally opened in 1802, the cemetery was put into possession of the association in the late 1800s. A majority of the cemetery’s burials are from the 1800s, and have faced the conditions of the North Country for the last 200 years. Having fallen into disrepair, many of the headstones had fallen over, become tilted, or broken. Work included standing up stones, cleaning stones, and building frames for stones that had broken. A total of 165 hours was put into the project by over 30 different volunteers. He was greatly assisted in the project by his grandfather Don Bice, his beneficiary representative Don Whitney, and his project coach, Troy Decker.