Howell student builds new exhibit for Nature Center for Eagle Scout project

Noah Smith's contribution to the Howell Nature Center earned him the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Noah Smith of Howell earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 7, 2018. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable of the Boy Scouts of America. Smith also reached his personal goal of earning three Eagle Palms by completing 15 additional merit badges above the 21 required to earn eagle.

For his Eagle project, Smith led the construction of an 8-foot by 16-foot exhibit for the Howell Nature Center, which is now the home of an American Crow named Eddie. Over $1,000 was raised to purchase the supplies and materials for the project and over 239 service hours were put in by 28 volunteers.The project was completed in 6 weeks in the summer of 2017.

Smith has participated in many scouting adventures throughout his seven years with Troop 362. He has logged over 100 miles of hiking in such places as the back-country of Yellowstone National Park, the Chief Pontiac and Potawatomi trail systems, and the Billy Yank trail, which is a 10-mile trek through the battlefields in Gettysburg, PA.

Over the past seven years with Troop 362, Smith has gone dog sledding in the Upper Peninsula twice, spelunking in caves in Indiana, and has attended over 54 camp outs. This past spring, Smith attended Florida Sea Base in Islamorada, Florida and earned his PADI open water scuba diver certification.

Smith served in many leadership positions during his time in Boy Scouts, including Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Chaplains Aide, Webmaster and most recently Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Smith also attended and completed the National Youth Leadership Training program. Along with leadership, he has served his community with over 139 hours of volunteer time.

Smith graduated with honors from Howell High School this past June and will continue his education at Eastern Michigan University this fall where he will major in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. He also plans to continue his involvement with Troop 362 and hopes to complete the Chief Pontiac Trail Circle of Fire this fall.

Troop 362 of Howell is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and is currently led by Scoutmaster Barry Williams and is chartered by the Howell Rotary Club. Inquiries can be sent to bsatroop362@charter.net.


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