After transferring into Troop Seventeen in September of 1999, Tyler quickly earned his Tenderfoot and Second Class ranks within a month and then was on to a scouting career that has been characterized by steady, consistent progress — both in his advancement and leadership responsibilities.
Tyler’s first opportunity for leadership was as a Den Chief in 2001 earning him the Troop’s Cub Service Award. Then upon completing the St. Louis Area Council’s Junior Leader Training Course in the summer of that same year, Tyler next served as the Assistant Patrol Leader of the Eagle Patrol — later becoming its Patrol Leader in September of 2002. In that role, Tyler led his patrol to a first place overall finish at the Fall Pathfinder District Camporee.
After his patrol leadership, Tyler’s next responsibilities had him serving as a troop quartermaster, and then the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for a year before his current position as Seventeen’s Senior Patrol Leader, the troop’s number one boy leadership position.
Tyler 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, Tyler was elected by his fellow campers in 2000 to the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s national society for Scout honor campers. Then in 2003, Tyler was part of Troop Seventeen’s ten-Scout contingent to Philmont — BSA’s nalional high-adventure camp in the mountains of New Mexico. Tyler has also been an Honor Camper and has earned the troop’s Field Service Award for his extensive participation in the troop’s outdoor program.
In 2002 Tyler was selected as Troop Seventeen’s Scout of the Year, an honor that was repeated in 2004. This is unusual because only five other scouts have repeated this recognition in the previous 60 years.
A member of the Bakers, Tyler has recently also served as that organization’s Head Baker (or president). For his Eagle service project, Tyler designed and constructed a puppet theater for the Sunshine Ministries. While Tyler has had a memorable and successful scouting career, he also excelled outside scouting.
Academcally, Tyler was selected for the Duke University Talent Identification Program in the seventh grade, carries a 3.5 GPA at Westminster Christian Academy, has been on the honor roll multiple semesters, and was selected for the National Honor Society.
On the athletic field, Tyler played JV soccer for two years and lettered all four years in swimming. He was also a lineman on the football team — playing every down on both offense and defense for his five and one team. This resulted in his being named the “‘Most Valuable Lineman” for two games in 2005. He earned a football letter as a junior and senior.
Tyler is an active member of his church and a member of the K-Life church youth group.
Tyler has worked throughout his high school years, as a shift leader, a lifeguard, and at a Christmas tree farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
After high school, Tyler plans to attend college in the Middle West, majoring in architecture.
Tyler Thompson —
Scout of the Year… Honor Patrol… Order of the Arrow… Baker… Outdoorsman… Scholar… Athlete… Eagle Scout
TROOP SEVENTEEN IS MIGHTY PROUD OF TYLER THOMPSON