After entering Troop 17 in spring of 1998 from Our Lady of the Pillar’s Pack 490, Chris’s scouting career has been characterized by steady, consistent progress — both in his advancement and in his leadership responsibilities.

Chris’s first leadership position was as a Den Chief for his cub pack at Pillar. Then he was an Assistant Patrol Leader of the Eagle Patrol — later becoming its Patrol Leader in November of 2000. During his tenure as Patrol Leader, his patrol became an honor patrol, finishing number two overall at the Pathfinder District Camporee. After his patrol leadership, Chris became Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for a year before serving ten months as the Senior Patrol Leader, the troop’s number one boy leadership position. He went on to serve as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.

Chris has also been an active participant in the troop’s outdoor program — including campouts, camporees, hikes, and seven years at summer camp. In recognition of his camping abilities and leadership skills, Chris was elected by his fellow campers in 2000 to the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s national society for Scout honor campers. In 2003, Chris was part of Troop Seventeen’s ten-Scout contingent to Philmont — BSA’s national high-adventure camp in the mountains of New Mexico. He has been an honor camper twice and was Troop Seventeen’s Scout of the Year in 2000.

For his Eagle service project, Chris enlisted numerous Scouts and adults to help him design, construct, and build a tricycle shed at the Salem Methodist Church Pre-School. A solid piece of engineering and construction, the shed can be viewed near the parking lot outside our meeting room.

Chris has also been serving dinner to the homeless one night a month for the last six months. A young man with a very creative mind – Chris designed the t-shirt used on Seventeen’s last trek to Philmont.

Chris completed the St. Louis Area Council’s Junior Leader Training Course and is a member of the
Bakers, Troop Seventeen’s unique organization for older Scouts. He earned the Honor Camper, Honor
Patrol, and Attendance ribbons. He also wears the Troop Leadership Cocade — emblematic of his leadership skills and service.

Chris completed the BSA adult leader training program. At the conclusion of the training course, Chris’s patrol, comprised of adults, elected him as their permanent patrol leader. He was subsequently appointed an Assistant Scoutmaster.

As demonstrated by his Eagle project, Chris enjoys building things — for example, a tree house when he was young, a doll house for his sister, and several camporee gateways for the troop. It is this kind of interest and focus that has led to an internship at Hastings and Chivetta, a local architecture firm.

Chris will be attending Kansas State University where he will be studying construction management.

Chris Fava —

Honor Camper… Honor Patrol… Order of the Arrow… Baker… Builder… Leader… Eagle Scout