Missouri Military Academy is proud to offer young men many avenues to explore different extracurricular opportunities. Those who are involved with the Boy Scouts of America are presented with their own unique opportunity.
With the assistance of MAJ Dennis Diederich, MMA’s quartermaster and local troop scoutmaster, Boy Scouts who attend MMA are able to continue their work with the organization to reach higher levels.
One MMA cadet was recently recognized for achieving the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive – the Eagle Scout award. To become an Eagle Scout, young men must complete a number of different requirements and also coordinate their own service project to their community.
Travis Skinner ’12 of St. Jacob, Illinois was honored at Review on Sunday, March 25 after meeting all the criteria for the award. For his project, Travis oversaw the construction of a new flagpole next to the scoreboard on Colonels Field.
Diederich says the flag pole was placed there because MMA hosts the annual Cub Scout Day Camp. He says that event brings several hundred Cub Scouts MMA’s campus in June from a number of mid-Missouri communities including Mexico, Centralia, Fulton, Montgomery City, Wellsville, Laddonia, Perry and Paris. The flag pole Skinner provided is used in their opening and closing flag ceremonies.
Other components that are involved in gaining this honor include a lengthy application as well as achieving at least 21 badges in his scout career.
MMA scouts belong to Troop 39 of the Great River Council of the Boy Scouts, which represents Columbia and northeast Missouri. The Academy has assisted 15 cadets in working toward their goal of becoming an Eagle Scout since 2000. One of Skinner’s classmates, Tommy Abraham ’12, also reached the Eagle Scout level in 2011.
Travis is pictured below with his parents, Mike and Tracy (left), and his grandparents, Colonel John Spear USAF (Ret.) and his wife Margola, next to the flagpole on Colonels Field. A plaque commemorates Travis’ work at the base of the pole.