Graduating Valley Central Senior, Matthew Mycka completed his Eagle Scout project with Troop 416 this past February at the historic Bull Stone House.
“He worked so hard,” his mom, Kate Shadrin explained, “he missed most of the weekend activities of the start of his senior year, like Homecoming, because he thought he would have more time in the spring. He is just an amazing young man, a great big brother, and we are all so proud of him.”
The project itself involved addressing the bat issue pointed out by Bull Stone House manager, Lyle Schute and Mycka’s Eagle Scout mentor, Rich Cocchaira with support from Julie Boyd Cole.
Mycka explains, “The bats were housing in a historical barn and causing moisture damage. Since you cannot simply go to the store and buy lumber to make repairs to a historical building, the solution is to try to rehome the bats.”
Bat boxes were designed, built, and erected away from the barn and will work with a sonar system placed in the barn itself to deflect and move the bats to the new location and prevent further damage.
“We can’t be sure if the system is working yet since the bats are in hibernation until it gets warmer,” said Mycka.
“I also want to say, it’s really important for a lot of boys that hey have something like this (Scouting), an activity to learn how to be a good leader. Completing an Eagle Scout project is not about the project. The main purpose is to have the Eagle Candidate show they have the ability to lead. We are Eagle Scouts for life, and while it’s not quite the same level as being knighted and being called, ‘Sir,’ we have to uphold the responsibility of being an Eagle Scout forever. We work really hard, we earn it, you earn being an Eagle Scout.”
Mycka plans to stay involved in Scouting and hopes to serve as a resource with fresh knowledge for others.
“I’ve aged out, but I’d like to be a youth leader. I loved it.” He plans to attend SUNY Orange this fall for Architectural Engineering and Industrial Design, once he completes his associate’s degree, continued education and career goals may include a career in the automotive design industry.