2019 Tri-Rivers District Eagle Scouts
Eagle Scouts Complete $90,000 in Community Projects
On Tuesday December 10, 2019 two members of local scout troops appeared in front of a group of adult scout leaders who serve on the Tri-Rivers District Eagle Board of Review. The two scouts answered questions about their entire scouting career as they were evaluated for receiving the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts of America and is one of the most recognized youth awards in the World. The rank of Eagle Scout is the culmination of a huge journey and the benefits of achieving Eagle last a lifetime. The two scouts are Grady Peterson from Troop 70 in Watertown NY and James Wheller from Troop 37 in Adams NY. James and Grady joined 17 other scouts in Tri-Rivers District and nearly 100 across Longhouse Council who achieved Eagle in 2019.
Achieving the rank of Eagle is a huge accomplishment. Throughout their scouting career, the Eagle Scout has completed a minimum of 21 required merit badges, served in leadership positions within their scouting unit as a Life Scout, has lived by the scout oath and law, and completed an Eagle service project benefiting their community and allowing the scout to demonstrate their leadership capabilities. Assuming the two Eagle Scout candidates are successful during their Board of Review, the members of the Eagle Class of 2019 have successfully completed Eagle projects totaling over 3,654 hours with a value of $90,299 of in-kind service.
The members of the Tri-Rivers District Eagle Class of 2019 are:
February 19 Nate Matteson Troop 586 in Adams 496.25hrs
Built the Brian C. Thomas Memorial Pollinator Garden at Wescott Beach State Park
February 19 John Cobb Troop 29 Ellisburg 57 hrs
Made improvements to the Ellisburg Park
February 19 Sam Felicia Troop 65 in Alexandria Bay 63hrs
Organized and performed in the Holiday Music Performance at Jefferson County Hospice
March 12 Aidan Race Troop 586 in Adams 438hrs
Rebuilt a little league baseball diamond in Adams NY
May 14 Gabriel Benner Troop 2 Brownville 188 hrs
Built a cart and shelving to benefit the Dexter Elementary School Backpack program
May 14 Alexander Klindt Troop 2 Brownville 146 hrs
Completed work for the Dexter Historical Society, refurbishing displays and organizing literature and historical sets
May 14 Drew Ortlieb Troop 165 Lowville 149 hrs
Completed a painting project for Lewis County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
May 14 Payton Smith Troop 65 Alexandria Bay 165 hrs
Refurbished Barnes Settlement Cemetery
June 11 Michael Mitchell Troop 26 Fort Drum 189hrs
Built a canine agility course for Jefferson County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
June 11 Codie Wheeler Troop 586 Adams 165hrs
Restoration of North Adams Historical Cemetery
June 11 Kallen Ingels Troop 46 Clayton 139 hrs
Rebuilt flower beds at Stone Mills Agricultural Museum
August 13 Ethan Smith Troop 586 Adams 150hrs
Performed beautification work for the Henderson Free Library
Sept 10 Nicolas Luciani Troop 37 Adams 239 hrs
Refurbished inside of Watertown Sportsmen’s Club
Sept 10 Nicholas Montgomery Troop 37 Adams 580hrs
Rebuilt Pistol Range Structure for Watertown Sportsmen’s Club, Nick also achieved the highest award in Venture Scouts, the Summit Award. Venture Scouts is another program under the Boy Scouts of America program.
Sept 10 Weston Beutenmuller Troop 70 Watertown 88 hrs
Trail clearing work at Thompson Park
Sept 10 Justin Johnson Troop 26 Fort Drum 62 hrs
Built Cavalry Trail for Fort Drum Historical Society and Archeology Department
Sept 10 Richard Neddo Troop 2 Brownville 85 hrs
Wiley School Trail and Kiosk project
December 10 Grady Petersen Troop 70 Watertown 126hrs
Building Raised Pet Beds for Jefferson County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
December 10 James Wheller Troop 37 Adams 126hrs
Repaired Fairview Cemetery Fence
While achieving Eagle Rank is the pinnacle of success in Boy Scouts of America, the goal of each scout unit is to have every scout achieve the rank of First Class. A First Class Scout has learned the skills necessary to contribute to his or her scout troop adequately take care of themselves and others in an outdoor environment. From First Class, the scouts then advance to Star, Life and then Eagle. Any scout who achieves these ranks has been successful in their scouting career.
The aims of scouting are improving character development, citizenship, personal well being and leadership using the outdoors as a foundation of learning. We prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes instilling in them the Scout Oath and Law. To learn more about scouting visit www.beascout.org. Information about Longhouse Council and Tri-Rivers District are available at www.cnyscouts.org.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Eagle Scouts!