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  • Three from Troop 738 achieve Eagle rank

  • Three Boy Scouts from Troop 738 have achieved the elite rank of Eagle Scout. The troop meets at Bethel Baptist Church in Independence.

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  • Three Boy Scouts from Troop 738 have achieved the elite rank of Eagle Scout. The troop meets at Bethel Baptist Church in Independence.
    Zachary Alexander Kelsay
    Zachary, Firebuilder Swift Climbing Kodiak, became a Cub Scout in 2003. He earned all of his Cub ranks up to Webelos with all 20 achievement pins and the Arrow of Light in 2007. He attended day camp every year as a Cub Scout and two sessions at Webelos camp at Camp Theodore Naish.
    In January 2007 he became a Boy Scout. He has earned more than 36 merit badges, including 13 Eagle required. In 2011, Zachary earned his religious award Unity of Mankind and performed more than 100 hours of service, teaching English to recent immigrants.
    He has held positions of den chief, quartermaster, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, troop scribe, assistant senior patrol leader and merit badge counselor.
    In the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, Zach earned Brave in 2011, Warrior in 2012 and was made Firebuilder at the end of the summer of 2012, after serving his first full summer on H. Roe Bartle camp staff, teaching Pioneering and Wilderness Survival.
    He danced the Dance of Joy during Staff Week and during every session in 2012. He was awarded a Chieftain’s Coin award for his work on staff and served during the ceremony to make the new national Scout executive an Honorary Warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in 2012.
    Zachary’s Eagle project was performed in April 2012 at Fire Prairie Middle School, building a retaining wall and digging a drainage trench to prevent erosion. He managed 12 boys and five adults for a total of more than 111 service hours.
    He is active in his church and school, lettering varsity in six areas as a freshman at Blue Springs South High School: cross country, track, two debate disciplines, robotics and academics. He plays the violin in the school orchestra.
    Alex Scott Villanueva
    Alex Scott Villanueva, Tom Tom Beater Dashing Little Brown Bear, joined Cub Scouts in the fall of 2000, where he started as a Tiger. He  rose to Webelos with all 20 Achievement pins and the Arrow of Light in December 2004.
    He joined Boy Scout Troop 738 in 2004 and earned 22 merit badges in addition to the 12 required merit badges for the rank of Eagle.
    Alex has attended Cub Scout Day Camp, Webelos Camp and seven years of camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. He earned the Tribe of Mic-O-Say Brave 2008, Warrior 2009, Fire Builder 2010 and Tom Tom Beater in 2012.
    He served as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader, and is currently a junior assistant scoutmaster. He has earned the World Conservation Award and the Mile Swim Patch.
    His Eagle Project was a Harvesters food project, where he went through the neighborhood picking up food and other items for the needy.
    Page 2 of 2 - Alex is a senior at Blue Springs High School and earned a varsity letter in cross country as a freshman.
    Christopher Jordan Gillett
    “C.J.” Gillett, Runner Wise Red Fire Fox, started in Cub Scouts in 2000 as a Wolf. C.J. earned all ranks through Webelos with 19 achievement pins and the Arrow of Light in 2004. He attended one session of Webelos camp at Camp Theodore Naish and went to Cub Day Camp every year through Webelos.
    He has earned 25 merit badges, as well as the 12 required merit badges for Eagle Scout. He has attended camp at H. Roe Bartle for eight years, and has earned recognition as Brave, Warrior, Fire Builder, Tom Tom Beater and Runner in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
    His Eagle project was collecting food and other items for those in need in conjunction with Harvesters food pantry. He collected 120 pounds of food, enough to feed five families, as well as toiletries, diapers and toys for children.
    C.J. has held the leadership position of assistant patrol leader and is currently junior assistant scoutmaster.
    C.J. is a senior at William Chrisman High School. He enjoys music and plays the cello for fun. He is very active in his church. He is part of the youth group and works with the grade school aged children. He is also part of the church drama team and participates in skits and programs.

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