John Leavitt has participated in Scouting for five years and the others have been Scouts for seven years. David Andelin, Scott Claybrook and John Leavitt helped to rebuild the staircase on the sledding hill at South Park as their Eagle Scout project. Paul Leavitt painted house numbers on street curbs as his project. Daniel Bryan replaced or repaired parking barriers near the City Park Casino.
The Scouts' crew leader was Heath Chandler. A sixth Scout, Travis Koenig, who painted numbers on streets, received his Eagle Scout badge in June, prior to enlisting in the Armed Forces.
The Eagle Scout projects were supported by a major financial donation from the Walmart Foundation, as well as discounted or donated materials and supplies from Lowe's, Meeks, Kay Concrete, Miracle Recreation Equipment and Williams Hardwood in Aurora.
Appreciation was expressed for additional support provided by Parks Superintendent Russ Balmas and Kevin Smith, South Park supervisor.
The Scouts were certified for completing their projects by Eric Kean, who serves on the district board of review. Each of the scouts gave a talk on the major points in the Scout challenge, such as honor, loyalty and courage, during the ceremony.
The Eagle Scout awards were presented by Scout leaders John Hill and Aaron Hoyt. Steve Bergin, from the LDS church in Joplin, also attended, and closing comments were made by Ben Leavitt, bishop of the Monett congregation.