Student earns Eagle Scout rank

Staff Reports

Columbus student James Y. Dwyer has achieved the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout.

Dwyer, 17, a sophomore at Columbus North High School, is the son of David and Kathy Dwyer. He is a member of Troop 559, chartered by the Asbury United Methodist Church.

He began his scouting career at age 6 as a Tiger Cub with Cub Scout Pack 552, and attained the Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. He received his Eagle Scout rank Oct. 3 at age 16.

Dwyer held the following leadership positions in the troop: historian, scribe and patrol leader. He has been inducted into the Order of the Arrow, which is the Honor Society in the Boy Scouts of America. Dwyer earned 35 merit badges and attained the following honors: Recruiter, National Outdoor Award Center Emblem, National Outdoor Award for Camping, Indiana Bicentennial Service Award, Nischa Chuppecat Hoosier Trails award.

He has camped 105 nights, hiked 23 miles, cycled 15 miles, paddled 18 miles and completed more than 147.75 hours of community service.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Dwyer planned, designed and executed an athletic wall mural at Central Middle School in the coaches room and athletics hallsway. The project consisted of silhouettes of athletes 5 feet tall of all the sports at Central. He guided scouts and adults to frame the room in Central’s blue and orange school color. Dwyer also led the project in the athletics hallway with the Central Middle School logo. He spent 31.5 hours planning and executing the project, and 137.5 man hours were given by Scouts and adults completed the project.

Dwyer attended summer camp every year since 2011 and attended 98 percent of the troop outings. He plans to attend the Boy Scout National Jamboree in July in Virginia. He also plans to stay active in Troop 559 and will work on earning Palms over and above his Eagle Scout rank.