14-year-old Wyatt Anderson, a Whitewater resident since 2016, has been active in scouting since he became a Tiger in 1st grade in Griffith, IN. He continues with BSA Troop 264 out of the Griffith Lutheran Church. As he began thinking about his Eagle project, Wyatt decided to focus his energy during the Safer at Home order on how he could best help his greater community. Having heard news about how there was a shortage of masks and other protective gear for health professionals and others, Wyatt decided to develop a project that would address the mask shortage.
As of late April, Wyatt and his team have made and delivered 393 masks to first responders and social service agencies. His deliveries have included the police departments of Whitewater and UW-W, Palmyra Police/Fire/EMS, as well as Fairhaven, Mercyhealth, Behavioral Health, Meals on Wheels of Lake County, IL, and many other organizations. Wyatt hopes to continue with the project into early May.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout.
Thanks to Wyatt for carrying out this worthy project, and best wishes for the completion of the Eagle Scout requirements.