David Jones, a member of Boy Scout Troop 16 chartered by Federated Church in Sycamore, was recently awarded the Eagle Rank, the highest award achievable in Boy Scouts. Jones, a senior at Sycamore High School, is the son of Brian and Brenda Jones.
Jones began his scouting journey in first grade with Cub Scout Pack 118 chartered by North Elementary School in Sycamore. He earned all five Cub Scout ranks and the Arrow of Light, the highest award given in Cub Scouts. He continued scouting with Boy Scouts Troop 16, and officially earned the rank of Eagle in December.
During his trail to Eagle, Jones earned a total of 39 merit badges, with his personal favorite badges being Art, Computers, Photography and Scuba Diving. He also enjoyed high adventure experiences including a Boundary Waters canoe trip and recently canoed with Troop 16 on the Current River in Missouri.
Jones’ Eagle project benefitted the children of Two Rivers Head Start in Sycamore. He collected new backpacks and school supplies over the summer so that each child attending in the fall would receive a "back to school" backpack. He supplied the center with 120 backpacks filled with school supplies and also donated the unused supplies. The project was special to him because he is former Head Start student and knows the hardships that most families at the center experience. His teacher is still teaching at the center and they were reunited with this project.
Jones' Eagle Ceremony was held in April at Federated Church. He plans to remain active in scouting with Troop 16 as a leader as time permits. He graduated from Sycamore High School in May and plans to obtain a degree in graphic design.