Thomas Walter, of Boy Scout Troop 90 in Chili, recently earned his Eagle Scout rank.
Thomas constructed and installed a picnic table and 189 square foot walkway, as well as cleared a 250-foot stretch of overgrown bush surrounding a pond at Brookdale Brighton, a senior care facility. This project restored the beauty of the pond and created a relaxation area for the community.
Thomas earned 26 merit badges in 2013-17 to become an Eagle Scout., which requires a minimum of 21 badges. These included citizenship in the community, fish and wildlife, first aid, personal fitness, wilderness survival, camping, lifesaving, sports and orienteering.
Walter was joined by his parents, family and friends for a ceremony and reception at First Baptist Church of Chili.
“We are so proud of our troop and the leadership these young men provide through Eagle Scout projects that help our local religious institutions, schools and community,” said Bernie Fingar, Scoutmaster. “We look to advance as many Scouts as we can to the rank of Eagle, and are always pleased with the creativity, thought and effort that go into the projects, especially since fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain this illustrious rank.”
Troop 90 celebrated its Spring Court of Awards, honoring nine Scouts who advanced in rank and all who earned merit badges. Colin Guilfoyle, Adam Root and Graham Wohlers joined the troop at the rank of Scout. Joshua Smith advanced to Tenderfoot. Tim Dewey, Casey Larson, Jonathan Miller and Aiden Snover advanced to Scout 1st Class. John Tracy advanced to Life Scout.
“We are very proud of the efforts of all of the Scouts of Troop 90, and are pleased with the initiative put forth by our Scouts and leaders who worked toward the completion of so many merit badges that are important to a Scout’s advancement,” said Jeff Bishoping, advancement chairman.
Troop 90 will host its annual chicken barbecue on Aug. 25 to support its continuing activities.