Batavia Troop 21 Scouts earn Eagle rank
Batavia Holy Cross Scout Troop 21 recently had an Eagle Court of Honor where three Scouts were recognized with Scouting’s highest honor – Eagle Scout.
Eric Wall, Cody Jankowski and Timothy Wiley earned Eagle Scout rank at Holy Cross Church. In honor of their achievement, Troop 21 presented the Scouts with an American flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and a proclamation from Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke.
Eric Wall is the son of Sergio and Gloria Wall. He is a 2012 graduate of Batavia High School. Eight years of adventure, fun, work and dedication to the Boy Scout program has lead to 26 merit badges for activities having to do with environmental science and wilderness survival, a news release states. He started his Scout experience in 2000 with Pack 121 of Holy Cross Church, switching to troop 21 in 2004.
Wall has merited 26 badges, including Environmental Science and Wilderness Survival. Wall finished his Eagle Scout project in 2011. The project involved the replacement of a newer informational/activities board kiosk with a bench for Good Templar Park in Geneva.
The project took more than 85 hours to replace, construct and install at the park.
Jankowski is the son of Jerry and Maureen Jankowski of Batavia. He is currently studying business at Waubonsee Community College, while working at Menards.
He began Scouts in 2000 as a Tiger Cub in Pack 153 at JB Nelson Elementary School. During his time as a Scout, he has attended weekend campouts, summer camping trips and participated in the Florida Keys Sea Base High Adventure trip during the summer of 2011.
Jankowski has merited 26 Merit Badges, 12 Eagle and 14 non-Eagle. His favorite badges were rifle shooting, archery, canoeing, whitewater rafting and wilderness survival.
His Eagle project was designing, planning and managing the construction of three raised garden beds for the Batavia Community Garden Center. The project took 110 hours, and took 23 additional Scouts and adult volunteers to complete.
The handicap accessibility of the garden allows individuals in wheelchairs to harvest. The harvest is then donated to Batavia’s Interfaith Food Pantry.
Wiley is the son of Kevin and Julie Wiley. He turned to Scouting after his brother participated in Scouts.
Wiley is a 2012 graduate of Batavia High School. He will major in international relations at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
In 1999, he joined J. B. Nelson Elementary School’s Cub Pack 159, transferring to Holy Cross Cub Scout Pack 121 soon after.
The Eagle project Wiley undertook was building three barn owl nesting boxes, four American kestrel boxes and four wood duck boxes installed on the Fermilab grounds.
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