Zachary Griffin (March 31, 2014)

Boy Scout Troop 936, which meets at Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company, awarded Zack Griffin his Eagle Scout medal on March 22. This was their second Eagle Scout in six months.

Requirements to meet this award included fundraising, contacting business support and supervising the clearing and mulching of the chosen project, the Agape House.

This achievement was acknowledged by personal letters from Gen. Alexander of the NSA, a flag flown over the capitol in his honor by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and a signed photo by Bear Grylls, recent Chief Scout for the UK and celebrity of "Man vs. Wild."

Along with implementing leadership skills for three- and six-month increments, earning at least 13 required Eagle merit badges and achieving the Arrow of Light (the National Honor Society for scouting), Griffin participated in two high adventure camps that allowed him to sleep in handmade igloos and dog sled at Okpik in Minnesota and scuba dive from a liveaboard for one week from Seabase in Florida.

After graduating from high school and completing 38 hours at college in business administration/entrepreneurship this May, he will be an interpreter at the high adventure scout camp, Northern Tier (wilderness canoe camping) this summer.