• Two from Troop 216 earn their Eagle wings

  • Connor Robert Herron and Matthew Aaron Small of Boy Scout Troop 216 received their Eagle Award at their Eagle Court of Honor on April 13 at South Crysler Restoration Branch in Independence.

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  • Connor Robert Herron and Matthew Aaron Small of Boy Scout Troop 216 received their Eagle Award at their Eagle Court of Honor on April 13 at South Crysler Restoration Branch in Independence.
    Connor joined Cub Scout Pack 216 in 2001 as a Tiger Cub. He moved through the ranks of Bobcat, Wolf, Bear and Webelo, participating in each Pinewood Derby and attending Cub Scout Day Camps at George Owens Nature Park. He also attended Webelos Camps at Camp Naish. He earned the Friends of Christ and the Arrow of Light awards.
    He crossed over into the Troop in 2005. As a Boy Scout, he served as a Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster and Scribe and has earned 61 merit badges. Connor spent 128 nights camping; cycled 150 miles, hiked 46 miles and performed 77 service hours.
    Connor attended six years of Scout camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation in Osceola. His fondest memories center on his involvement with the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, where he was named Brave in 2009, Warrior in 2010 and advanced to Firebuilder in 2011.
    Connor participated in the Texas Chisholm Trail High Adventure in 2009, where activities included hiking, water sports, backpacking and a variety of adventure outposts. He also participated in Klondike Derby competitions, where they won the Challenge Division this year.
    He completed the Eagle Board of Review at age 15, in February 2011. He also attained his God & Country Religious Emblems Award in 2013. For his Eagle Project, he led Scouts and leaders in dismantling, resetting and restoring a landscape-block planting bed on church property. The bed had deteriorated due to drainage and soil erosion issues.
    Connor is a senior at Center Place Restoration School. He participates in Student Government and has participated in many school dramas as a member of the technical crew. He has an affinity for World War II history. Entering college in the fall, he plans to major in Business with an emphasis in Finance; and minor in History.
    He is the Firebuilder Grandson of Big Happy Blue Thunderbird.
    Matthew started with Cub Scouts in 2002 as a member of Pack 216 at South Crysler Restoration Branch. He earned several belt loops and activity pins, as well as the highest Cub Scout award, the Arrow of Light. Matthew also enjoyed attending Day Camps locally as well as Webelos Camps at Theodore Naish. One of his fondest memories of being a Cub Scout is creating Pine Wood Derby cars and competing in the Pine Wood Derby races. Although his cars weren't always the fastest, he was able to bring home a trophy or two.
    Matthew crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 216 in March 2007. While in Troop 216, he served in positions of responsibility as Historian, Librarian, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. Some of his favorite activities included flying a Cessna with the Young Eagles, Klondike Derby competitions (especially winning the Challenge Division this year, which was the 13th straight year for the Troop), shooting overnights, and attending H. Roe Bartle Scout camps.
    Page 2 of 2 - During Scout camp, he also began his advancement toward the Tribe of Mic-O-Say starting in June 2009, when he made Foxman. Next he received Brave in June, 2010, at which time he selected the tribal name of Black War Hawk. In July 2011, he advanced to Warrior, one of his most memorable achievements. He has attended six scout camps, at which he was able to earn many of his 48 merit badges.
    Matthew earned the rank of Eagle Scout in June 2012, just after finishing his sophomore year at Center Place Restoration School. His Eagle Project centered on helping the long term patients of Children's Mercy Hospital.
    This summer, Matthew is set to embark on his first High Adventure trip as they plan to set sail in the Florida Keys.
    Matthew is in his junior year of high school and is interested in Math and Science. He hopes to pursue a degree in a related field upon his graduation in May 2014.

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