Lee’s Summit boy scout troop honors new Eagle scouts

May 21, 2014 

Troop 366’s newest Eagle Scouts, from left, Kyle Jegen, Brian Wackly and Caleb Ellis

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On May 4 Troop 366 in Lees Summit held an Eagle Court of Honor to recognize its three newest Eagle Scouts.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Becoming an Eagle Scout is not an easy task. Only a very small percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank.

Kyle Daniel Jegen joined the Troop in Feb. 2007. He attained his Life rank in April 2010 and in April 2011 Kyle had completed his Eagle Scout project, a memorial garden located at the Lee’s Summit Animal Shelter known as “Kevin’s Place.” He joined the Tribe of Mic-O-Say that summer and achieved the rank of Eagle in Sept. 2013. Kyle has earned 21 merit Badges. Kyle has served his troop in many leadership roles, including Assistant Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. Additionally he has earned his God and Country Award and completed Leadership Training at Brown SEA (2011). He has enjoyed summers at H. Roe Bartle scout camp in Osceola and a High Adventure to Colorado. He became a brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in 2011.

Kyle is the son of Eric and Joyce Jegen and a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School where he has been a member of marching band, symphonic orchestra, and jazz band for the past four years. He is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate and plans to attend Missouri S&T in Rolla in the fall where he plans to study Computer Science. He has hopes of someday getting involved in local politics.

Brian Connor Wackly joined the troop in Feb. 2007. After earning Life rank in July 2010 Brian joined the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in 2011. Brian completed his Eagle Project in April 2013, building and donating screech owl habitats to the James A. Reed branch of the Missouri Department of Conservation . Brian attained the rank of Eagle in early December 2013, earning 22 merit badges.

Brian has served as Bugler, Troop Guide, Historian, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader for the troop. He has enjoyed the opportunities to travel to Colorado, Yellowstone, and canoe down the Missouri River. He enjoyed helping the new Scouts as they entered the Troop, and the honor of being Senior Patrol Leader at Scout Camp.

Brian, the son of John T. (Terry) and Melanie Wackly, is a senior at Lee’s Summit North where he plays the french horn in the Lee’s Summit North Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, and trumpet in the Jazz Band. He is also a member of Men’s choir and active in his church youth group at Life Christian Center. Brian plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Music Education.

Caleb Michael Ellis joined the Troop in 2010. He achieved Life Scout at the age of 12 and became a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in 2013. He has earned 32 merit badges. Caleb completed his Eagle Scout project in October of 2013. He and his fellow scouts put in nearly 350 hours building a 60 foot walkway on the property of his church, creating a safer environment for church members and music students to access the classrooms. Caleb achieved the rank of Eagle in December 2013 and has earned his first Eagle Palm.

Caleb is currently the Senior Patrol Leader for the troop, having previously served as Assistant Patrol Leader. He has enjoyed yearly summer camps at Bartle. Even though he has earned the rank of Eagle at the young age of 14, Caleb looks forward to more years of scouting and helping others along the path to Eagle.

Caleb is the son of Michael and Joanne Ellis and a freshman at Lee’s Summit North High School. He is a member of the Men’s and Silver Cantoria choirs and performed as a cast member in two of this year’s theatre productions. He earned letters in academics, music, and theatre this year and was honored to be able to perform a solo at the Missouri High School Activities Assocation State Music Festival. Caleb is a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, where he is active in the youth group, loves to sing with the worship team and enjoys assisting in the media booth.

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