Andrew Joseph Sauer, a member of Boy Scout Troop 77, received his Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor Aug. 14 at College Heights Christian Church, Joplin, Mo.

Andrew Joseph Sauer, a member of Boy Scout Troop 77, received his Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor Aug. 14 at College Heights Christian Church, Joplin, Mo.
He is the son of Randy and Pam Sauer, Carl Junction, Mo. Grandparents are Ned and Elaine Sauer, Girard, and the late Marvin and Delores Stafford, Pittsburg.
Troop 77 was chartered in 1997 and is sponsored by College Heights Christian Church.
While a sophomore at College Heights Christian School in Joplin, Sauer chose to refurbish Peace  Church Cemetery, Joplin, as his Eagle project. The Civil War era cemetery had been neglected to the point that it was even difficult for automobiles to enter and drive through.
The project required numerous hours of mowing and weed eating, as well as cutting up fallen trees with chainsaws and burning or hauling off the debris.  Some of the cemetery roadways were impassable due to erosion and fallen trees, and loads of gravel were hauled in to reestablish many of them.
A sign was constructed to highlight the history of the cemetery as well as give credit to the volunteer workers and the many donors who provided the funds to cover equipment rental and needed supplies.
Sauer has been active in scouting since he officially became a registered scout when he began as a Tiger Cub in first grade.
Prior to achieving his Eagle rank, he received the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life. Along his trail to Eagle, he was required to obtain 21 merit badges, but earned 29. He has served his troop in many capacities, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, quartermaster, chaplain and scribe.
Sauer is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of scouting. Additionally, he was certified as a life guard through the Boy Scouts of America and was employed this summer as a lifeguard in Joplin.
He has participated in numerous weekend and weakling camping events where he has experienced things like exploring caves, hiking, using blow guns, shooting black-powder rifles and bow and arrows.
Along with a few fellow scouts, Sauer ventured last summer to Canada for a seven-day canoe trip at the Northern Tier Boundary Waters/Charles L. Sommers High Adventure Base, where they camped in the Quetico Provincial Park and canoed more than 50 miles.
Outside of scouting, Sauer is very involved with his school and church. Now a College Heights Christian School junior, he serves as student council vice president, vice president of the National Honor Society, a member of the high honor roll and plays varsity baseball.
He attends Calvary Baptist Church, Joplin, where he is active in the youth group and plays keyboard in the worship band.
Along with his family, Sauer make bi-weekly visits to the young people at Turnaround Ranch, a shelter for teens in Joplin.