Andrew Sharkey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 2 chartered at Sycamore United Methodist Church, was recently awarded the Eagle rank, the highest award achievable in Boy Scouts. He is the son of Michael and Tina Sharkey of Sycamore.
Andrew Sharkey started in scouting with Pack 140 and earned ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I and II, and in 2010 he earned the Arrow of Light award. At age 11, he crossed over into Boy Scouts and joined Troop 2.
Sharkey continued his trail to Eagle serving as patrol leader, champlain’s aid, and senior patrol leader. He enjoyed numerous campouts, troop activities and service projects, and attended Camp Lowden and Canyon Camp. He has experienced the National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and served as a camp counselor and nature instructor for three summers at Camp Lowden. He earned 21 merit badges.
Sharkey’s Eagle Scout project benefitted the parishioners of Christ the Teacher University Parish at Newman Catholic Student Center on the Northern Illinois University campus. It entailed installing 14 outdoor stations of the cross on pine trees and beautifying the grounds by laying mulch and cutting branches. He chose the project to honor his faith community.
Sharkey recently held his formal Eagle ceremony at Newman Catholic Student Center. He is a senior at Sycamore High School and is involved in band, madrigals and is an aviation student.
Any boy age 11 through 18 is invited to join Troop 2; no past scouting experience or background is required. Troop 2 meets most Monday evenings from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Sycamore United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Katie Davis at KatieJedipm1@yahoo.com.