Schmitt earns Eagle Scout

Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout, was presented to Gabe Michael Schmitt at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on April 23 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper. He is the son of Drew and Janelle Schmitt.

Boy Scout Troop 185 Scoutmaster Fred Feltner welcomed everyone. Eric Hedinger served as chairman of the event. Schmitt was escorted by Life Scouts Carter Hopf and Quinn Gunderson. Readers for the event included Eagle Scouts Reece Mehringer, Luke Summerlot and Nick Buechlein. The Eagle Board of Review members were Jake Bower, Mike Summerlot and Todd Gunderson. The Eagle Charge was delivered by Kevin Cox. During the Court of Honor, Schmitt also received the Marine Corps League’s Good Citizen Award presented by Southern Indiana Leathernecks incoming Commandant Jim Webb.

Schmitt started his scouting career with Cub Scout Pack 130, St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland. He earned all Cub Scouting ranks of Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelo I and Webelo II. In addition, he earned the Parvuli Dei religious award and the Arrow of Light award. He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 185, Holy Family earning the ranks of Boy Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star and Life Scout. During his time with Troop 185, he served in leadership roles as quartermaster for his patrol and later senior patrol leader for the troop. He completed 31 merit badges and also became an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow. Schmitt will continue his scouting career as a member of Venture Crew 185. He has been on a West Virginia Whitewater rafting trip and is attending a backcountry canoe trip this summer to Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Schmitt is a freshman at Jasper High School and belongs to St Mary’s Parish in Ireland. He plays saxophone for the Marching Wildcats, participates in pep and concert band, and was a member of this year’s All-District Honor Band and Junior All-State Band. For his Eagle Scout Project, Schmitt teamed with the Ireland Lions Club to lead and manage the construction of two new batting cages at the Ireland Youth Sports Complex.

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