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Batavia Scout builds handicapped accessible picnic tables

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  • Batavia Boy Scout Matt Kazlauski takes the Eagle Scout Oath

    Batavia Boy Scout Matt Kazlauski takes the Eagle Scout Oath
    Courtesy of Dan Kazlauski

Pamela Yorke

Matt Kazlauski of Boy Scout Troop 21 in Batavia reached a lifetime goal by earning his Eagle Scout rank. The final step in the process was to complete his Eagle Scout Project, building wheelchair accessible picnic tables for the Batavia Park District. His project took about 200 hours constructing six tables. The Batavia Park District has placed the tables at various parks around the city.

A senior at Batavia High School, Matt is described by his Scoutmasters as an inspiration and an example of perseverance with a cheerful disposition. Matt is all so familiar with the needs of the handicapped. Restricted by a serious injury, his effort toward the Eagle rank was challenging, and at times, stalled due to medical treatment. Throughout his scouting career, Matt held several leadership positions, most recently being elected to Senior Patrol Leader for the troop and Crew Captain for a High Adventure to Boundary Waters.

Being named an Eagle Scout carries a special significance, not only in Scouting but also in the community at large. Young men take the principles of Eagle scouting into higher education, business and community service. Since 1912, only about four percent of all Boy Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Matt's Eagle Court of Honor was held Sunday, March 9 at The Lincoln Inn where Batavia City Mayor Jeff Schielke proclaimed the day as Matt Kazlauski Day in Batavia. In addition to Scouting, Matt is also involved in the BHS Philharmonic Orchestra. He is an Illinois State Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and a charter member of the English National Honor Society. He Plans to study pharmacy after graduation.

Troop 21 is a chartered Boy Scout Troop of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia under the direction of Scoutmaster, Dan Kein. For information regarding Troop 21 membership and its activities, please visit