2012-02-09 / Community News

GHS Junior Ryan Yantz Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Giddings High School junior, Ryan Scott Yantz, has received the highest honor bestowed on a Scout, the rank of Eagle Scout.

Scoutmaster, Tim Barr, along with adult leaders, Kirk Yantz, John Simmang, Shannon Hunt, Nathan Vecera and scouts from local Boy Scout Troop 143, performed the Eagle Scout Court of Honor. The traditional Scout Law candle ceremony, as well as the Trail to Eagle Ceremony, was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday evening, January 14th.

Ryan’s scouting career began in 2001, when he joined as a 1st grade Tiger Cub Scout. He remained an active member of Cub Scout Pack 242, earning the Wolf, Bear, and Webelo ranks, as well as the highest honor in Cub Scouting - the Arrow of Light award.

He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 143 while in 5th grade and has earned 56 merit badges and camped over 80 nights. He attended several week- long summer camps and participated in a high-adventure, 10 day, 100 mile trek at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico. Ryan has a total of 88 community service hours, 81 nights of camping and a total of 145 miles hiking and/or backpacking. He has served in several leadership positions, including Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and currently Senior Patrol Leader. Ryan also served as Den Chief for a cub scout troop for two years.

Not only has Ryan performed many hours of service to his community and church, but he planned and managed the required Eagle Leadership Service Project. Ryan’s Eagle Project involved the laying of pavers and the landscaping at the Giddings EDC Railroad Museum and Gazebo. This project involved the laying of over 5,100 pavers.

Contrary to popular belief, the Eagle project is not a work project for the Eagle Candidate, but a management project. An extensive and detailed work and cost plan is created first. Once the plan is approved, the work can begin. Under Ryan’s supervision, scouts and adult volunteers removed rocks and leveled the ground to begin laying pavers to allow access to the museum. Ryan’s project also included creating a flowerbed, which included granite tiles honoring past Giddings’ Mayors. By the end of the project, 32 scouts and volunteers had worked a total of 208 hours, saving the community approximately $6,000 in labor costs for the landscape work.

Throughout his scouting career Ryan has learned first aid skills, how to tie knots, build a fire, survive in the wilderness, get along with different people and contribute to his community.

Ryan’s summary of the trail to Eagle: “Scouting has taught me the importance of leadership and community service and has instilled the values of good conduct, respect for others and honesty. With this knowledge I hope to have what it takes to become a leader in my community and country.”

Ryan is the son of Kirk and Renee Yantz.

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