New Eagle Scout Brett Carey
I’ve known Brett Carey, II since his first Monday night Scout meeting. Like all our Troop 53 Eagles, he has grown to be one of the finest young men I know and his Eagle Scout Board of Review in late March was the FIRST in the 2014 “Eagle Year” for our Pelathe District.
Brett has a positive, winning personality and is an effective leader in every group he joins, whether an official team or just a casual group of friends. He has been elected or appointed to several youth leadership positions within the Troop – for good reason – but that’s not how we know he’ll be an exceptional Eagle Scout. Brett’s come to understand the importance of living the points of the Scout Oath and Law – regardless of whether he’s in uniform.
He has already completed the Triple Crown of BSA High Adventure with a trek to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Sea Base in Florida, and the Northern Tier Canoe Base. He plans another Canoe Base trek this summer and has also attended the Tetons Adventure Base in Wyoming plus two summers at BSA Camp Alexander in Colorado.
Brett comes from a strong Scouting tradition – but he’s never taken his position, place, or responsibilities for granted. He’s among the first to help – not just his Scouting family, but also with his “civilian” friends. By his example, Brett Carey, II has already helped teach Scouting ideals to scores of kids. Along with how to keep a knife sharp, how to perform first aid, and how to stay safe, Brett’s been quietly at work showing others they’re unconditionally accepted for who they are, sometimes for the first time.
Brett’s Eagle project was both unusual and interesting. Working with Assistant Scoutmaster, Brian Van Schmus, and members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, he planned, researched, and restored a small plot of graves at the Franklin Cemetery near the K-10 East Hills Business Park outside Lawrence. The Sons of Union Veterans’ research has determined that two Union soldiers from the US Civil War are buried in Franklin Cemetery. Brett’s eight-member work crew cleared brush and weeds, completed some landscaping, repaired and re-set tombstones, trimmed trees, and built a new aluminum fence around the cemetery plot. They also placed an informative plaque on the fence to share the story of the people buried there. In the course of the project, the crew unearthed and then re-set another tombstone in the cemetery that had been covered over, likely for many years.
From the perspective of an appreciative unit leader, Brett is exactly the kind of young man who helps make our Scouting program strong – it happens whenever one of the younger boys he’s taught and befriended has chosen to follow his outstanding example by doing his own good turn, daily. Almost 16 and currently a sophomore at Free State High School, he is an honor roll student and is taking Advanced Placement classes. Brett also lettered in swimming last year as a freshman at Lawrence Free State High School.
He volunteers at the LINK nutrition kitchen and the Lawrence Humane Society. As a member of the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Lawrence, he also participated in a Summer of Service mission with the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. He traveled to Germany last summer for an extended family reunion and is planning an academic trip to England in the summer of 2015 with his AP English Class. Brett told his Board of Review that after high school he plans to major in Forestry or Wildlife Management to prepare for a career that will keep him outdoors as much as possible; however, he shared that he might also be interested in a US Foreign Service career. The value of serving on Philmont staff might also have been mentioned during his Board of Review …
I was honored to serve on Brett’s Board of Review along with Dr. Charles Loveland, Troop 53 Old Goat alum, Brian Van Schmus, current Assistant Scoutmaster and Troop 53 alum, Dr. Steve Segebrecht, current Assistant Scoutmaster and Life-to-Eagle Chair, and District Representative Rich Bailey – an all-Eagle Scout Board for the Pelathe District’s newest Eagle Scout, Brett Carey, II.
Chartered Organization Representative, BSA Troop 53