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High school sophomore earns rank of Eagle Scout

Hayden Smith is recognized in front of his Troop by Scoutmaster Brian Issing upon his having successfully passed his Eagle Board of Review. Assistant Scoutmaster Brent Snyder looks on.

By Mac Trammell

Hayden Smith recently achieved what historically only 3 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide master, earning the title of Eagle Scout—at the age of 16.

Smith, the junior assistant scoutmaster of Troop 48 of Germantown, has long been indoctrinated in the ways of the Boy Scouts of America. He began his Scouting as a Tiger Cub, the second lowest level of cub scouts. It was then he learned about the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle Scout. At a young age, Smith realized he wanted to ultimately become an Eagle Scout.

To do so, he had to pay his dues. Smith advanced through the ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos before making the leap from Cub Scouts to the big leagues.

In 2010, before his graduation to Boy Scouts, Smith earned the Arrow of Light award, the highest award for a cub scout.

In September 2013, Smith was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, which is the Boy Scouts’ honor society. Smith additionally received Troop 48’s Charles H. Church Award for Outstanding Scouts in May 2014.

For his Eagle Scout project, Smith chose to help Old West Special Trails, a non-profit organization with a mission of “bringing kids and horses together, one ride at a time.”

He and a team of Scout volunteers worked 198 hours cleaning the exterior of the Cowboy Cabin. They sealed the eaves by installing soffit and fascia, weather-proofed the windows by installing trim and gave the cabin an aesthetic pleasure by giving it several coats of fresh paint.

Smith has found that he enjoys leadership positions within Troop 48. Over the years, he has served as patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader for the troop. In addition, Smith chose to participate in National Youth Leadership Training in 2012.

Eager to implement what he had learned, Smith returned the following year as a team guide. His leadership abilities impressed, earning him an invitation to be an assistant senior patrol leader at NYLT in the summer of 2014, an invitation which he accepted. This summer he plans to return to NYLT as the senior patrol leader.

Although he has reached the pinnacle of Boy Scouting at such a young age, Smith’s Scouting journey is not over. He intends to continue his active leadership in Troop 48.

In addition to Scouting, Smith is a sophomore at Faith Heritage Christian Academy, a member of the Eta Sigma Alpha Honor Society, and has his own lawn business.

He is the son of Gary and Robin Smith.

Smith cites the Climbing merit badge as his favorite but adds the Personal Management merit badge as the most beneficial. To this date, Smith has earned 22 merit badges.