Congratulations to Ross Chumbley
Congratulations to Ross Chumbley of Troop 53, who recently passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review.
Ross will be a junior at Eudora High School and is a member of the Eudora High School Football and Wrestling teams. He is also involved in FFA and Skills USA. Ross is a member of the National Honor Society and will be Junior Class Vice-President this upcoming school year.
Ross also enjoys participating in canned food drives and fund raising activities for non-profit organizations. While he has supported many organizations, his two favorite causes are breast cancer awareness and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
In addition to his school activities and community service, Ross works part-time at Gene’s Heartland Foods during the school year and builds houses full time in the summer. Ross also loves to fly and is currently working on obtaining his pilot’s license. Just in case you are wondering, he has indeed earned the Aviation Merit Badge.
Ross is considering several options after high school. His first choice is to attend either the Air Force Academy or Naval Academy and pursue a career in flying. Another option is to attend flight school in Florida and learn to pilot jumbo jets. Ross is also considering a degree in Biology from KU, coupled with advanced studies to become an anesthesiologist. Still another option is to attend Kansas State and pursue a Veterinary degree. Most of these options also include joining KU ROTC and the National Guard in St. Joseph, MO. Several lofty and ambitious options for a young man who is not afraid to take on a challenge. Given his history and success, Ross will undoubtedly be successful in whichever option(s) he pursues.
Ross has been a very active and involved Scout since he began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub. He has held various leadership positions with Troop 53, including Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. Ross said Troop Guide is his favorite leadership position because he enjoys working with the younger Scouts. He has attended summer camp at Camp Alexander in Colorado several times and has attended Florida Seabase and Somers Canoe Base. He has also participated in a high adventure trek to the Grand Tetons. Ross also left for Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico the day after his Eagle Board of Review. Upon completion of his Philmont trek, Ross will have earned the prestigious Triple Crown Award. Ross has earned 26 merit badges and plans to earn several more before he reaches the age of 18. His favorite merit badge is fishing. Which, if you know Ross and his love for fishing, is obvious. When asked at his Eagle Scout Board about his favorite Scouting memory, Ross told the Board about a time at Somers Canoe Base when one of his canoe mates was hiking up a hill with a whale pack on his back, while Ross and another canoe mate were portaging the canoe below. Next thing the portage crew sees is the Scout who was going up the hill, suddenly come tumbling down the hill. Fortunately the tumbling Scout was not injured.
However, he landed on the whale pack on his back, unable to get to his feet and was flailing about like an upside down turtle. The portage crew ran to help upright their fellow Scout, laughing the entire way.
Ross’s Eagle Scout Service Project was to design, build and install new roofs on four separate dugouts at two youth ball fields in Eudora. Ross’s project was completed over one very hot day and took a total of 106 people hours for planning, construction and installation.
A sincere thank you to our Board of Review Team that included Kip Grosshans, Dr. Dale Denning, Jim Mielke, Rick Heschmeyer and Acting Scoutmaster, Dr. Steve Segebrecht.
Next time you see Ross please congratulate him on earning Boy Scouting’s highest honor.
Pelathe District Advancement Committee