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Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Janesville Boy Scouts honored honored for achieving Eagle rank

Written by  CSI Media News staff
From the left, Ryan Cook, David Shulta, Samuel Plutchak, Michael Beecher, Max Snyder, Kei Fujisawa and Seth Meyers salute the flag at the opening of their Eagle Scout court of honor Feb. 23 at First Lutheran Church in Janesville. From the left, Ryan Cook, David Shulta, Samuel Plutchak, Michael Beecher, Max Snyder, Kei Fujisawa and Seth Meyers salute the flag at the opening of their Eagle Scout court of honor Feb. 23 at First Lutheran Church in Janesville. Staff photo

JANESVILLE -- Seven scouts were honored recently for achieving the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank during an Eagle Scout court of honor at First Lutheran Church in Janesville.

The Scouts are among nine from Troop 405, based at the church, to have achieved the rank in the past 10 months.

It's rare to have such a large group of Scouts from the same group to achieve their Eagle rank at the same time, according to Scoutmaster Steve Shulta.

"I think this group found they had a lot in common, and they really stuck with it," Shulta said.

Although the Scouts came from various packs and other troops in Janesville over the years, they found a common bond with each other, Shulta said.

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In order to achieve the rank of Eagle, Scouts advance through six other ranks, participate in outings and take on leadership responsibilities within their troop. The requirements culminate with a community improvement project planned and overseen by the Scout.

The Scouts honored Feb. 23, 2014 include:

Michael Beecher served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, scribe and quartermaster. He earned 22 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, earned the World Conservation award and attended summer camp five years at Camp Indian Trails. For his Eagle project, Beecher planned and supervised the cleanup of the Adams Elementary School Arboretum, including removal of trees and weeds and the construction of two benches.

Ryan Cook served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader and scribe. He earned 32 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, received fourth-year pipestone at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, attended summer camp six years at Camp Indian Trails, attended National Youth Leadership Training and attended the 2010 National Jamboree. For his Eagle project, Cook planned and supervised the renovation and repair of the Craig High School Japanese Garden and staining of the gazebo and benches.

Kei Fujisawa served as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and scribe. He earned 33 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, attended summer camps at Camp Indian Trails, Camp Phillips and the 2010 National Jamboree. For his Eagle project, Fujisawa planned and supervised a landscaping project at Janesville's Lutheran Social Services Disability Center, where volunteers removed and trimmed trees and built two benches and tables.

Seth Meyers served as senior patrol leader, librarian and scribe. He earned 22 merit badges, earned the World Conservation award, attended summer camp four years at Camp Indian Trails and is a two-year summer camp staff member at Camp Indian Trails. For his Eagle project, Meyers planned and supervised the construction of three picnic tables and two outdoor benches for use by the congregation of River Hills Community Church.

Sam Plutchak served as assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, historian and webmaster. He earned 23 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, attended summer camp for two years at Camp Indian Trails and two years at Camp Phillips. For his Eagle project, Plutchak planned and supervised the rebuilding of 500 feet of fencing that had fallen into disrepair along the Janesville Youth Football and Rock Soccer Club fields at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex.

David Shulta served as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and patrol leader. He earned 34 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, received fifth-year pipestone at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, attended summer camp four years at Camp Indian Trails, is a three-year summer camp staff member at Camp Indian Trails, participated in two high adventure canoe trips on the Wisconsin River and attended the 2010 National Jamboree. For his Eagle project, Shulta planned and supervised building and refurbishing play equipment at the Rock County YWCA Care House. Volunteers re-laminated the outside and re-carpeted the inside of the indoor play structure and built shelves and benches.

Maxwell Snyder served as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and patrol leader. He earned 36 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, received fifth-year pipestone at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, attended summer camp four years at Camp Indian Trails, is a member of Camp Indian Trails summer camp staff, participated in a high adventure canoe trip on the Wisconsin River and attended the 2010 National Jamboree. For his Eagle project, Snyder planned and supervised the construction of a new ball diamond and backstop for the Harmony Grove Park neighborhood.

Other recent Eagle Scouts from Troop 405 include:

Evan Shortreed served as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and librarian. He earned 33 merit badges, the World Conservation award, Religious Award/God and Church and the Good Citizenship Award from the Marine Corps League. Shortreed attended summer camp at Camp Indian Trails, Camp Phillips and Seven Ranges Scout Reservation. For his Eagle project, Shortreed planned and supervised the rebuilding of trails at Camp Rotamer, an outdoor nature facility owned by the Janesville Noon Rotary.

Austin Simonis served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader. He earned 29 merit badges, is a member of the Order of the Arrow, received fifth-year pipestone at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, attended Camp Indian Trails and Camp Phillips summer camps, many Venture Crew dives and instructional classes and high adventure canoe trips on the Wisconsin River and Boundary Waters Canoe Area. For his Eagle project, Simonis planned and supervised renovation of the Traxler Park Veterans Memorial Walkway by removing concrete pads from the upright memorial and replacing the pad with specialized pea gravel.

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