On Sunday, Jan. 21, Boy Scout Troop 424, sponsored by American Legion Post 431, held a Court of Honor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newcomerstown. At the Court of Honor Daniel Russell son of Lee and Lynn Russell of Newcomerstown was presented his Eagle Scout award.
Daniel joined the Boy Scouts on April 6, 2011. While a Scout he has participated in over 150 hours of community service, he has spent over 150 nights camping, hiked over 175 miles and canoed over 200 miles. Along the way he has earned three 50 miler awards for hiking or canoeing 50 miles in a five day period, and four Polar Bear awards for tent camping two consecutive nights with temperatures below freezing. He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s National Honor Society) in the spring of 2014.
Daniel has been to three of the four Boy Scout national high adventure bases: The Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico where he spent 10 days hiking in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains; Florida Sea Base where he spent 10 days fishing, snorkeling, sailing and boating the waters of the Florida Keys; and Summit Bechtel Reserve on the New River Gorge in West Virginia where he spent 10 days hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and shooting sports.
Daniel has also participated in two National Jamborees. He has been to Gettysburg, The Dayton Air Museum, Mammoth Cave National Park, Hocking Hills State Park, Mohican State Park and Salt Fork State Park with the scouts. He has also participated in numerous district sponsored camporees as well as summer camps.
For his Eagle project Daniel built a beautiful cabinet for the Newcomerstown Middle School to store their audio equipment.
He plans to continue his scouting career with the troop as an assistant scoutmaster.