Jonathan Hodges is the son of Jack and Wendy Hodges. He played baseball at Bradley Central High School. Tyler Schuch is the son of Barry and Cristy Schuch. He wrestled for Bradley Central High School.
Both are 2012 graduates. Jonathan is currently enrolled at Southern Virginia University. He will attend one year, then plans to serve on a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tyler is working full time in preparation to also serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When the young men were asked who inspired, motivated and supported them in their endeavors to attain the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, they both replied it was their parents and Troop leaders, Michael Berry, Rick Nelson and Ryan Thompson.
They said among the benefits of being a Boy Scout are the learning experiences which have taught them to set goals, to not procrastinate and to never give up.
Both young men said their Eagle Project was very challenging and rewarding. It taught them such life skills as how to manage a project from beginning to end and develop a greater appreciation for all the time and effort it takes to plan, execute, and follow through on projects that ultimately bring a great service to the community.
Jonathan’s project included making quilts that were donated to the local women’s shelter. Tyler’s project included a blood drive and food drive with donations to The Caring Place. The projects took hundreds of volunteer hours to complete.
Besides the learning experiences received from their projects, they said it felt good to help others, and that they gained a greater appreciation for what they have.
Both young men encourage boys of any age to join a Boy Scout troop for the same great experiences and life lessons they have enjoyed.
When the parents were asked what sacrifices they made to help their sons achieve this award they replied, “We don’t feel we made any sacrifices. We feel we made an investment in our son.”
Boy Scouts of America was incorporated Feb. 8, 1910. Only about 5 percent of Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The top three charters are the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints with 37,882 units; United Methodist Church, 11,078 units; and the Catholic Church, 8,570 units.
Boy Scout Troop 279, chartered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced it is proud to recognize Schuch and Hodges for recently achieving the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America.