Local scout receives Eagle rankPublished 12:08pm Thursday, August 15, 2013
Landon Kyle Hall of Dadeville’s Boy Scout Troop 62 achieved the highest honor in Scouting Sunday, as his mother pinned the Eagle Scout badge to his uniform at a service Sunday afternoon.
It was the culmination of four busy years of camping, hiking, swimming and learning.
“Scouting has given me the opportunity to learn and develop skills that I would not have had outside of scouting,” Hall said. “Becoming an Eagle Scout has better prepared me for life and taught me to be a better man,” he said.
Hall earned 47 merit badges spanning subject matters as diverse as wood carving, chemistry, shotgun shooting, photography, fingerprinting, communications and basketry. That’s more than twice the required number of badges required to make Eagle.
“Each one introduced me to something new, and I learned from every badge,” Hall said.
At BSA Camp Tuckabatchee, he shared his knowledge and skills with a bow and arrow, teaching a popular archery class throughout the summer as a staff member.
Hall said he still remembers his first hike as a Scout. It was a 10-miler across Mt. Cheaha. About halfway through, it started sleeting on the troop. And no one had warned him about proper footwear, so after the first three miles or so, giant blisters striped across each foot.
He also recalled a winter campout at Wind Creek State Park when the mercury dropped to 17 and the scouts awoke to snow on the ground they’d just slept on.
In retrospect, Hall said he loved every minute of both trips.
“I bonded with the guys in the troop. I bonded with nature, and we all learned a lot by fighting through that adversity,” he said.
One of the final steps of a scout’s journey to Eagle is a major community service project. For his Eagle project, Hall designed and created a picnic area in the Clyde Acree Recreational Area, a recreational area maintained by his church.
“My project included building two picnic areas, clearing brush and spreading two dump truck loads of gravel to stop erosion and for a parking area,” he said.
The project took him and his fellow volunteers 338 man hours of service. The slide show Hall presented documenting his project displayed the efforts, hardships and even dangers, as they braved hornets, heat and wasps nests to complete the service project.
Hall is the son of Charles and Benitta Hall of Dadeville. He’s a graduate of The Way Home Christian School and a member of First Baptist Church of Dadeville.
As a member of Troop 62, he served as historian, chaplain’s aide, patrol leader, senior patrol leader. Other scouting awards he has earned include World Conservation Award, Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow (scouting’s National Honor Society) and membership in the National Eagle Scout Association.