The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosted hundreds of attendees this year to honor the accomplishments of the 2022 Eagle Scout Class at the annual Gathering of Eagles.
The 2022 Eagle Scout Class contributed more than 7,000 hours of service to their local communities through 44 different projects. This Eagle Scout class is especially exciting as it is just the second in the history of the Cherokee Area Council that includes young women among its recipients.
Top awards were given to three youth for Eagle Scout Projects of the year:
• Luke Tarter of Chattanooga for his project at Rivermont Elementary School renovating the outside garden in North Chattanooga;
• Boon Elliott of Chattanooga for his project at La Paz installing outside seating and planters at their new facility in Highland Park; and
• Andrew Mulkey for his project at Apison United Methodist church renovating their community playground.
The Cherokee Area Council also awarded the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards to adult Eagle Scouts Nick Decosimo and Fred Decosimo. This award honors lifetime achievement of Eagle Scouts for their positive actions reflected by accomplishments and devotion to their local community, state and nation.
Jay Elliott, Jonathan Turner, Kyle Croft and Becky Mulkey received the Silver Beaver Award, given for outstanding volunteerism to the local Council.
This dinner served as the Council’s largest and most important recognition event for local Scouts and adult volunteers.
The event was held on Dec. 1 at the Westin in downtown Chattanooga. The event featured Jed Mescon as master of ceremonies, with an address from Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp and officials from the City of Chattanooga.