Scouts in Eastern Jackson County achieve Eagle.

Rittel a new Eagle in Pack 161

Alex Rittel was honored at his Eagle Court of Honor on April 17 at East Alton Community of Christ in Independence.

Alex joined Pack 161 as a Cub Scout in 2001 and attended two summer camp sessions at Camp Naish. In March 2005, he earned his Arrow of Light Award and crossed the bridge to Troop 161.

In the troop, he has held the leadership positions of Instructor, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and Leave No Trace Trainer.

On his 17th birthday, Dec. 2, 2010, he went before his Eagle Board of Review. For his Eagle Service project, Alex led 10 scouts and adults in a glade restoration for the Missouri Department of Conservation at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center. Alex and his team cleared invasive brush and vegetation from the area, restoring it back to its natural habitat for wildlife and visitors to the area.

During his scouting career, Alex has earned 33 merit badges, the 12 month Camper Award, three 50 Miler Awards, World Conservation Award, the Ad Altare Dei Catholic Religious Award, Leave No Trace Award and the National Camper 100 Nights and Days Award. He has participated in High Adventure trips to Creede Colorado and twice to the Buffalo River in Arkansas.

Alex attended summer camp at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for 5 years and attained the rank of Brave Quiet Soaring Falcon in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in 2008. He became on Ordeal member in the Order of the Arrow in 2006 and a brotherhood member in 2007.

Alex is currently a junior at Truman High School. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and kayaking with his family. He spends much of his spare time as a Volunteer Naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, where he has volunteered more than 540 hours since starting in 2008. He is also a member of The Missouri Conservation Federation Leadership Corps. After high school, Alex wishes to pursue a career in wildlife management.


Whiteaker earns Eagle rank

Liam Whiteaker, 16, of Independence, is the son of Mark Whiteaker and Ann McCarthy.

Liam, a member of Boy Scout Troop 173 at Gudgell Park Community of Christ in Independence, received his Eagle Scout Emblem during a Court of Honor April 23.

 As a Cub Scout with Pack 221, Liam earned the Arrow of Light, along with the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei religious emblems. His Boy Scout accomplishments with Troop 173 include Senior Patrol Leader, High Adventure trip was at Philmont Scout Ranch and Firebuilder in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. His Eagle Scout Project was to seal and maintain security and privacy fencing at Gudgell Park.

He is a junior at Truman High School, where he is a member of the tennis team and band.