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15-year-old Nathen Smith makes Eagle scout

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Nathen Smith Eagle Scout
Nathen Smith earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 15. (Photo used with permission)

Nathen Smith has joined the ranks of Neil Armstrong, Bill Gates and Gerald Ford as an Eagle Scout from Troop 104.

This prestigious milestone takes years of hard work, service to others and demonstrated leadership to achieve. To be considered, a scout must amass 21 or more merit badges, create and complete an Eagle project, write essays, request recommendations, compile an application binder and undergo an Eagle board of review. In short, it isn’t easy.

To have climbed to the highest rank in scouting by age 15 is a remarkable accomplishment, especially when you consider that only about 5% of all scouts ever reach the Eagle rank.

For Nathen, scouting has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. He joined the cub scouts when he was 5 years old because, “My older cousin was a scout and I wanted to do it, too. Just like him.”

It wasn’t long before Nathen started moving forward by earning the camping merit badge, his first. It was a moment that took away any doubts he may have had.

“It made me feel good that I could achieve my goal in the scouts,” said Nathen.

With the rank of Eagle, he now plans on helping younger scouts realize they can achieve their goals as well.

“I will be able to help other younger scouts and endeavor to pass on my scouting experience to them.”

He also plans to be helping other troops as his scoutmaster, Justin White, helped him.

“He helped me come out of my shell. He really helped me with earning my badges,” Nathen said of White.

Nathen advises that anyone that is interested in joining to give it a chance. They may find something they like.

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