Troop 477 Celebrates Fifteen Batman Patrol Eagle Scouts

On May 1, 2018 Troop 477 gathered at Kingswood United Methodist Church for a Court of Honor and their first annual senior night. Troop 477 graduated fifteen seniors this year, all members of the Batman Patrol and all Eagle Scouts.

“They’re a fine group of young men,” said Scoutmaster Emeritus and Life-to-Eagle Adviser Bob Melton, “They’re the biggest group of Eagle Scouts we’ve ever had in one year.”

The Eagle Scouts clustered together towards the back of the Troop before the ceremony laughing, joking and watching over the younger Scouts in the Troop. “I never expected that we’d all become such good friends,” one Eagle said as they shared familiar stories and laughed at old inside jokes.

When members of the Batman Patrol earned their final Merit Badges during the ceremony the whole patrol stood and offered a hearty standing ovation.

And then when each graduating Eagle Scout was called onto the stage and their college plans announced the Scouts and their families cheered them on.

We had some time to catch up with this impressive group of Eagle Scouts that evening and learned a little bit more about their time in Scouting, how they made it to the Eagle Scout Rank and what advice they would give to new Scouts.

 

On Earning the Eagle Scout Rank

Jackson: I think we had two groups, the ones who got their Eagle a while ago who got started early and then there was the rest of us who finished our projects at the last minute…there were those of us who made it a priority early and those of us that realized that it should have been a higher priority later on, but it was important to all of us to finish it.

Nick: And then there were people like me, who had their Scoutmaster conference at Chick-fil-A the night before their eighteenth birthday.

Ben: I was actually the last one to get my Eagle, and in that respect there was a lot of friendly ribbing going on. They were just making sure that I got there…that extra assurance was definitely a little push.

Levi: I was the first one to get Scout Rank when we joined the Troop…so I wanted to be the first one to get Eagle. I finished my Eagle right when I turned sixteen, five months ahead of the next member of our patrol.

Evan: Actually sitting down and planning my Eagle Scout Project was the hardest part, because I just wanted to go out and do it. After finishing it, though, I understood how learning that planning process is going to help me out later in life.

Advice for new Scouts

Levi: Take advantage of the information your adult leaders and older Scouts have…it took me a solid year and a half before I started moving forward and understanding how much there was to learn from them.

Drew: I wish I could go back to fourth grade when I left Cub Scouts and tell myself not to drop out, because I missed out on a lot in the few years I wasn’t invovled.

David: I would say to persist, persist, persist. As the first person in my family to be involved in Scouting, I didn’t really have anyone who understood the process I was going through. I thought about dropping out, but I’m glad I stuck with it.

Nick: Don’t be hesitant to ask questions, especially involving cooking. More than likely someone else in your Troop has tried to make whatever you’re cooking before and can help you out.

Jackson: My advice would be, don’t let Nick cook. No matter how much he tells you he’s good at cooking, don’t believe him. Let somebody else do it.

Riley: Focus on getting your Merit Badges done, so you’re not waiting until two days before your eighteenth birthday like I was.

Ben: I was super resistant to going to National Youth Leadership Training, because I wanted to be contrarian. After I went I loved it and ended up staffing the course for two years. I would say just go as soon as you can.

Meet the Eagle Scouts

The fifteen Eagle Scouts of the Batman Patrol will all graduate from high school this Spring and are enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States for the Fall. Learn more about each of their projects and their future plans below.

Eagle Scout LeviLevi

Eagle Project: Refurbished the outdoor learning center at Kingsley Elementary School in Dunwoody, GA

Favorite Merit Badge: Cooking

College/University: Auburn University

Major/Program: Engineering

Eagle Scout NickNick

Eagle Project: Rebuilt instrument storage lockers in the Orchestra room at Dunwoody High School

Favorite Merit Badge: Game Design

College/University: University of Alabama, Huntsville

Major/Program: Industrial Engineering

Eagle Scout SamSam

Eagle Project: Built and installed bee houses at Brook Run Park

Favorite Merit Badge: Kayaking

College/University: Emory University Oxford College

Major/Program: Political Science & Business

Eagle Scout BarrettBarrett

Eagle Project: Built signage and benches on a trail at Dunwoody Baptist Church

Favorite Merit Badge: Shotgun Shooting

College/University: Georgia State University

Major/Program: Undecided

Eagle Scout ColeCole

Eagle Project: Built four picnic tables for an outdoor eating area at Dunwoody High School

Favorite Merit Badge: Metalworking

College/University: North Carolina State University

Major/Program: Mechanical Engineering

Eagle Scout CalebCaleb

Eagle Project: Designed and constructed an outdoor classroom at Chestnut Elementary School

Favorite Merit Badge: Rifle Shooting

College/University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major/Program: Mechanical Engineering

Eagle Scout DavidDavid

Eagle Project: Design and construction of two walking bridges at Windwood Hollow Park

Favorite Merit Badge: Citizenship in the World

College/University: University of Texas

Major/Program: Business

Eagle Scout EvanEvan

Eagle Project: Landscaping at Kingswood United Methodist Church

Favorite Merit Badge: Kayaking

College/University: Georgia State University

Major/Program: Film & Media Studies

Eagle Scout JoshJosh

Eagle Project: Construction of an outdoor seating area and fire ring at Kingswood United Methodist Church

Favorite Merit Badge: Metalworking

College/University: Kennesaw State University

Major/Program: Mechanical Engineering

Eagle Scout PeterPeter

Eagle Project: Painted curb address markers for 100 houses to aid emergency services providers

Favorite Merit Badge: Climbing

College/University: Mercer University

Major/Program: Computer Science

Eagle Scout DrewDrew

Eagle Project: Cleared trails and built a new bridge at the Dunwoody Driving Club

Favorite Merit Badge: Archery

College/University: Kennesaw State University

Major/Program: Mechanical Engineering

Eagle Scout JoshJosh

Eagle Project: Designed and constructed directional signage and compost areas at Camp Altermann

Favorite Merit Badge: Small Boat Sailing

College/University: University of Georgia

Major/Program: Business Management

Eagle Scout JacksonJackson

Eagle Project: Construction of a “Little Free Library” at the Sensations TheraFun office for children with special needs

Favorite Merit Badge: Metalworking

College/University: Yale University

Major/Program: Economics

Eagle Scout RileyRiley

Eagle Project: Refurbished the outdoor classroom at Brook Run Park

Favorite Merit Badge: Shotgun Shooting

College/University: Georgia State University

Major/Program: Physical Therapy

Eagle Scout BenBen

Eagle Project: Constructed storage areas for stage sets and props at Kingswood United Methodist Church

Favorite Merit Badge: Pets

College/University: Kennessaw State University

Major/Program: Economics

Favorite Scouting Memories

Ben: I don’t remember which year of summer camp this was, but there was this horrific thunder storm and we were evacuated to a shower house for shelter. A lot of people were scared, including me, but we all just started singing camp songs and it improved our mood and we had a really good time.

Josh: I think my favorite experience was making breakfast on the last day of our trip to Northern Tier. We were camping right on top of the hill at Snow Bank, about thirty feet up. I found a little blueberry bush on the hill and we used the berries in our pancakes.


Troop 477 is chartered to Kingswood United Methodist Church in Dunwoody, Georgia. It is part of the Hightower Trail District of the Atlanta Area Council.

Our thanks to Scoutmaster Barry Deutsche and Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Melton for their help in producing this article.