2008-12-04 / Correspondents' Notes

Receives Eagle Scout Honor

Tyler Ryan Umstead, 16, of Troop 33 in Prospect, Pa., was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest award for BSA. The ceremony took place on November 8 at the Presbyterian Church of Prospect and Scout masters Doug Benninger, and Bob Skrak presented the award.

Tyler is the son of Daniel and Jill (Brant) Umstead of Prospect. He is also the grandson of Russ and Loretta Umstead of Volant, Pa., and Dean and Faye Brant of Harrisonville.

Tyler began his journey to become an Eagle Scout in first grade and finished Cub Scouts by earning his Arrow of Light Award. As a Boy Scout he has held positions of responsibility, including troop guide, senior and assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and is now the junior assistant Scout master. He has also earned 35 various merit badges and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.

During his last five years in Scouting, Tyler has had the opportunity to work at Camp Bucoco as a CIT, counselor in training, and to work with Pack 33 as a den chief, teaching the younger Scouts. Troop 33 summer trips gave him the chance to camp, hike and visit in the Outer Banks, Assateague Island, Gettysburg, Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park, the Adirondacks and Lake Placid, N.Y., along with a 50-mile canoe trip on the Allegheny River and several whitewater rafting trips on the Youghegheny.

For his Eagle project, Tyler planned, organized and supervised the landscaping improvements around the Presbyterian Church of Portersville. This consisted of ordering and planting approximately 50 trees, shrubs and perennials. A small retaining wall was also constructed to prevent erosion. He is also a member of this church.

As a junior at Slippery Rock High School, he is a member of TATU, Teens against Tobacco Use, and TADA, Teens Against Drugs and Alcohol. Tyler also plays in a Dek Hockey league in Butler and enjoys skiing and fishing. To further his education, he plans on attending college and majoring in chemistry.

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