Belton student attains Eagle Scout status

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Josiah Abram Guthrie, son of David S. and Donna K. Guthrie, has achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award. Josiah is proud to be the 172nd recipient of the Eagle Scout award from Longhorn Council Troop 153, sponsored by Oak Park United Methodist Church in Temple, Texas. He has participated in the Baylor Merit Colleges, and the popcorn fundraising as well as serving the community in numerous flag retirement ceremonies and local community projects. He has a total of 54 camping nights as well as summer camps at Camp Tahuaya and Worth Ranch. He got hooked on the joy of climbing and repelling the forty foot cliffs at Worth Ranch. He has served as Patrol Leader, Chaplain Aide, Quartermaster, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He has earned a total of 52 merit badges including the World Conservation award. For his Eagle Scout project, Josiah worked closely with the City of Belton Parks and Recreation Department. He led a crew of 20 volunteers building a 15 foot path to a Pocket Park in Heritage Park in Belton, Texas. They built two 15 foot limestone curbs with asphalt millings in between. The path leads to a one-ton limestone bench to provide a place of rest and meditation for hikers and bikers visiting the park. His project took 8 months, with a total of 138 man hours. Josiah is a member of First Baptist Church in Belton and has been a volunteer for the Moving Experience Services, providing the church community with relocation needs. He is a 15-year-old home schooled freshman and is an Escort for the Wildflower Guild.