Sturtevant — Sean “Tyler” Waiss, 17, of Sturtevant, has achieved the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America, that of Eagle Scout.
Waiss, son of Sean A. and Stephanie Waiss, is a member of Troop 222, sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church. He began his Scouting career with Cub Scout Pack 543 of Aurora, Ill., in 2003, sponsored by McCarty Elementary School, where he earned the Arrow of Light in 2007. From there he moved to Troop 106 of Naperville, Ill., sponsored by American Legion Post 43 and led by Scoutmaster Mark Thomas, where he advanced through the Scouting rank of tenderfoot. In late 2007, Waiss transferred into Troop 222 of Racine, led by Scoutmaster Tim Hush, then Scoutmaster Robbie Schneider and now by Scoutmaster Sean Waiss, where he has completed all the requirements for Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm device.
Waiss has held the troop leadership positions of librarian, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, scribe and webmaster. He has earned the BSA Emergency Preparedness Award, the Freeze Out Award, the Mile Swim Award, the 50-Miler Award, the National Outdoor Achievement (NOA) Adventure Award, the NOA Camping Award, and the NOA Riding Award, and a total of 34 merit badges ranging from Archery to Wilderness Survival. Waiss has completed training for the Southeast Wisconsin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) three times, advanced first aid and CPR, Troop Leadership Training (twice), Boy Scout National Youth Leadership Training, and the Order of the Arrow’s National Leadership Seminar.
His camping experience includes 276 nights of camping, to include the 2010 National Scout Jamboree with 40,000 other Scouts in Fort AP Hill, Va., as a member of the Southeast Wisconsin Council Troop 1025 led by Scoutmaster Mike Davenport, a 2011 Philmont High Adventure expedition in northern New Mexico with Crew Adviser Robbie Schneider, three years of summer camping at Camp Freeland Leslie in Oxford, three years of summer camping at the Robert S. Lyle Scout Reservation in Elcho and the past two years as a summer camp staff member at Lyle. He has attended multiple weekend camping opportunities at Camp OhDaKoTa in Burlington, Wadewitz Nature Center in Rochester and many other locations.
Waiss was elected by his peers into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, where he presently holds the Brotherhood Honor. He attended the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University, and has been subsequently elected to the leadership position of Lodge Chief for the newly formed “Kanwa tho Lodge” of the Order of the Arrow
Waiss’ Eagle Scout Service Project benefited the Sturtevant Youth Baseball Association and the Village of Sturtevant. The project involved the design, fundraising and construction of six players’ dugouts and players’ benches for the three baseball fields at the Sturtevant Fireman’s Park complex. Waiss led more than 25 of his fellow Scouts, friends and family in more than 500 volunteer man-hours to complete the project.
Waiss, a senior at Case High School, plans to study engineering at a United States service academy upon graduation from high school, and to serve his country as a military officer.
Waiss will be recognized and presented his Eagle Scout award during a court of honor ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Village of Sturtevant Municipal Building.