Although he was never a Cub Scout, Tony had an outstanding Scouting career in Troop Seventeen.
For example, Tony was Troop Seventeen’s Scouter of the Year in for two years: 1995 and 1997 — one of only four Scouts since the early 1940s to achieve that honor.
Upon joining in September of 1992, Tony was assigned to the Hawk Patrol where he soon served as an Assistant Patrol Leader and then Patrol Leader. As a Patrol Leader, Tony’s leadership skills continued in his Hawk Patrol finishing on top of all the patrols in the entire Pathfinder District at the 1995 Spring Camporee. Tony next served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for fourteen months and then as the Senior Patrol Leader for almost a year and a half. It is particularly noteworthy that Tony agreed to extend his term of service as the SPL when a leadership vacuum developed and the troop was in need of his services. He was subsequently appointed Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
For his Eagle service project, Tony enlisted approximately ten Scouts to help him create a nature trail through the woods behind the Salem Methodist Church.
In addition to the required merit badges for Eagle, Tony shows a variety of interests in his selection of optional merit badges for example, Wilderness Survival, Wood Carving, Rowing, Rifle Shooting, Leatherwork, Basketry, Pioneering, and Cooking.
In recognition of his camping abilities and leadership skills. Tony was elected by his fellow campers to the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national society for Scout honor campers. Tony also 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 Honor Camper, Honor Patrol, and attendance ribbons and wears the Troop Leadership Cocade — emblematic of his outstanding leadership skills and service.
In addition to his full calendar of Scouting activities, Tony worked as a lifeguard at Shaw Park Pool in Clayton for four summers – the last as the head lifeguard.
Tony lettered for three years as a defensive end for the Chaminade High School football team and wrestled for five years in both junior high and high school — lettering every year.
Tony was an actor in several school plays and was on the bowling team for four years. He is an excellent student with a GPA in the B+ range.
His Scouting career resulted not only in many personal honors and recognitions but he has been a selfless, dedicated, service-minded, and well-liked junior leader — a fine example for many other Scouts to emulate in the years to come.
Tony Sheata —
Honor Camper… Honor Patrol… Order of the Arrow… Baker… Athlete… Leader… Eagle Scout
TROOP SEVENTEEN IS MIGHTY PROUD OF TONY SHEATA