Three members of Jenks Boy Scout Troop 185 earn Eagle Scout rank

Three members of Jenks Boy Scout Troop 185 earn Eagle Scout rank

Kyle James McKinney

Troop: 185

Scoutmaster: Scott Matson

Sponsor: Jenks United Methodist Church

Parents: Tim and Amanda McKinney

Benefactor:  Faith United Methodist Church

Eagle Scout Project: Redesign and update landscaping of an overgrown memorial garden island.

Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is a huge accomplishment. Kyle has learned and demonstrated knowledge in first aid, emergency preparedness, communication, wilderness survival, rifle shooting, personal management, robotics, leatherworking, engineering, personal fitness, chemistry, canoeing, cooking, electricity, woodcarving, geology, aviation, metal working, citizenship, kayaking, etc.  

Kyle has been on numerous camp outs across several states, logged hundreds of miles of hiking and backpacking, reached the summit of more than 14,000-foot mountains twice, completed his Eagle service project which included landscape design and development for Faith United Methodist Church in Tulsa. He has served in various leadership positions that helped prepare him for Eagle, including Quartermaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, and Leave No Trace Trainer. He attended Pine Tree and is a member of the prestigious Order of the Arrow. He has been heavily involved in scouting and service since 2010 when he joined Pack 385 in Jenks, OK as a tiger scout. He has been very involved in Troop 185 for the past five years and continues to be active in the troop as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, mentor, and guide for younger scouts. He is currently training to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for a 14-day high adventure backpacking trip in August 2020.

Kyle is sophomore at Jenks High School. He is a member of FFA, National Honor Society, and Key Club. He is interested in woodworking/building and plans to pursue a degree in engineering after he graduates in 2022.

Andrew Conner Seneker

Troop: 185

Scoutmaster: Scott Matson

Sponsor: Jenks United Methodist Church

Parents: Jason and Amelie Seneker

Benefactor:  Tulsa Hub

Eagle Scout Project:  Design and fabrication of utility trailers for bicycles to those in need to carry groceries or personal items.

With the help of his fellow scouts, Andrew designed and constructed 6 bicycle trailers that can be towed behind a bicycle to carry groceries or personal gear. He spent the summer volunteering at the Tulsa Hub to learn more about their mission. He learned how he and his troop could help benefit the Tulsa Hub and the local community. The Tulsa Hub founder asked him to design and build a cost-effective utility trailer for bicycles. He raised money for his project through troop popcorn sales and fundraisers.  The project included the challenging task of designing the trailers to be durable. He built a prototype trailer and tested it, except it was unstable and broke under a heavy load. Andrew persevered, gathered improvement ideas and finalized the best design.  Andrew purchased the raw materials, recycled existing wheels and organized and supervised around twenty scouts building the trailers over several weekend workdays. The labor included metal working, wood cutting, painting and assembly. Once constructed, he delivered the detailed design drawings and trailers to the Tulsa Hub.  Several trailers have already been distributed to those in need.

Andrew has been heavily involved in scouting and service since the fall of 2010 when he joined Pack 970 in Tulsa at Darnaby Elementary school as a Tiger Scout. Since becoming a Boy Scout for Troop 185 in Jenks, OK of the Eagle District in the Indian Nations Council, Andrew has held numerous leadership positions that helped prepare him for Eagle. He was Quartermaster, Webmaster, Chaplain’s Aid, and Senior Patrol Leader. In 2017, he attended Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for a 14-day high adventure backpacking trip.

Andrew is a sophomore at Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa and is on the cross-county team, drum line and is a student pilot training to earn his private pilot’s license. He is interested in aerospace and plans to apply to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Andrew will graduate in 2022.

Ethan Felts

Ethan Felts has been in the boy scouts for seven years. He has learned so much through scouting and the great mentors in Troop 185 he is especially thankful for his Brit Mum and scout mentor Jan Henry. He has developed a love for the outdoors and camping. He has had so many opportunities to experience new things such as hiking 99 miles in New Mexico and camping in the Colorado Mountains. He was voted honor scout during his time at Pine Tree. Scouting has helped him become the young man he is today and becoming an Eagle Scout is one of his greatest accomplishments.

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