OSWEGO — A member of Oswego’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 888 was honored Saturday as a newly-minted Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting.
George J. “Jake” Myers, an Oswego High School senior, took part in his Eagle Court of Honor at Trinity Catholic School, where he presented the school with his senior project of three new benches for its playground.
The benches are dedicated to three former Trinity staff members – Mary Oughterson Boysman, Annette Donovan and Franches Tynan, whose names are also cut into the metal of the benches.
To attain the Eagle Scout rank, candidates must plan, develop and execute a service project for an educational or religious organization or the community at large.
Myers, who has been in Scouts since the first grade, said he chose his project because of its “wonderful” and “lasting” impact on the school and it was “a little outside the box.”
With some help from his father Donald Thompson, a sheet metal fabricator by trade, Myers planned and designed the aluminum benches, which include laser-cut, hand-painted Trinity logos.
The project was also assisted by the metalworking professionals at the Hannibal-based Acro-Fab Ltd.
“I’m proud beyond words,” said Kerrey Thompson, Jake’s mother. “We knew it would be a big task to take on with a lot of pre-planning for how the benches would be constructed and anchored in the ground, but we knew he could do it.”
The project took several months from planning to installation and included several days of work with the assistance of the Scouts of Troop 888.
“Once he puts his foot in the ground, he’s a very determined young man,” Mrs. Thompson said. “The whole troops came together, and projects like this require everyone to be very organized and follow through.”
Jake Myers said he was initially attracted to scouting because of his love of the outdoors, and once he started, he was hooked.
“I love hunting, fishing, trapping, anything. Scouting is absolutely worth it,” he said, advising other current and prospective Scouts to “stick with it as long as you can.”
“Nothing makes you stop except yourself,” he said.
Jake says he plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to study diesel and agricultural technology.