Hancock County

Batia earns rank of Eagle Scout

Bay Middle School student Joshua Eldon Batia, center, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His project at King's Kitchen in Bay St. Louis consisted of collecting about 440 canned food items to help feed the needy. Fellow Scouts, leaders and relatives helped in the project. Batia began Scouting as a Wolf Scout in Cub Scout Pack 208 in August 2007. He earned the Religious Knot in 2009 and the Arrow of Light Award in 2012. He joined Troop 229 sponsored by the St. Martin Lions Club. He served as quartermaster, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader. Also in 2015, he was chosen to be in The Order Of the Arrow. He has earned 31 merit badges and is working on more. He has camped more than 50 nights, done many hours of community service and volunteered a month at Camp Tiak in Wiggins. He plans to attend college after graduation in 2020. His grandfather, Carrol Leo Batia Jr., was an Eagle Scout and spent countless hours volunteering and was in the Order of the Arrow for many years. His brother, Jacob, also is an Eagle Scout and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Back row, from left: Assistant Scoutmaster Spencer Short, Scoutmaster James Short and Assistant Scoutmaster Paul Batia, Joshua's father.