FREDERICKTOWN -- Fredericktown Boy Scout Troop 342 has announced the troop’s two newest Eagle Scouts, Jarrett Byrne and Steven Tumbleson.
The young men were presented with their rank awards at an outdoor ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020; at the troop’s Fredericktown campsite, Leatherhead. The ceremony was led by Mark Vance, Troop 342’s Committee Chair. The Eagle awards were presented by John Neighbarger, on behalf of the Arrowhead District of the Muskingum Valley Council.
The rank of Eagle Scout is earned by less than four percent of all youth who join the Boy Scouts of America. In order to achieve the rank, scouts must earn 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing, and completing a community service project.
The Eagle awards were the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance, achieved through encouragement from the troop’s leaders, fellow scouts, and friends and family.
Jarrett is the son of Tom and Carla Byrne. Jarrett's dad is Troop 342’s Scoutmaster, and his older brothers Kyle and Austin are also Eagle Scouts. Jarrett is a 2020 graduate of Fredericktown High School. For his Eagle project, Jarrett established and built a walking trail from the boat ramp to the dam at the Kokosing Reservoir.
This required obtaining approval from the Army Corp of Engineers who now maintain the trail. During high school, Jarrett was active in cross country. The Byrne family lives on a small hobby farm selling beef and hay. Jarrett always pitches in to help with the farm chores, and has been working for his father's business (Byrne Flooring) as a journeyman.
Steven is the son of Greg and Andrea Tumbleson. He is a senior at Fredericktown High School, enrolled in the Precision Machining program at the Knox County Career Center, as well as COTC. For his Eagle project, Steven planned and constructed concrete steps and handrails for the Small Animal barn at the Knox County Fairgrounds.
Steven worked with the Knox County Engineer, Knox County Fair Board, Willy’s Custom Concrete, and several other volunteers to complete the project just prior to the 2019 Knox County Fair. The project evolved from Steven’s years of showing chickens there.
Besides scouting, Steven enjoys hunting, as well as participating in football, track, and his youth group. He has also been involved with FFA, 4H, and cross country. After graduation, Steven would like to pursue a career in diesel mechanics, precision machining, or farming.
Troop 342 meets at the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church and is chartered by the Fredericktown Lions Club. The Muskingum Valley Council serves youth in 7-1/2 counties of Southeastern Ohio and is proud to be a United Way agency.