On Sunday, October 8, 2017 Boy Scout Troop 220 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize ten new Eagle Scouts: J.T. Truman, Brock Lane, Eli Mendenhall, Ryan McCain, Austin Harrell, Jackson Studer, Jacob Harris, Ben Boyle, Parker Mendenahll and Jonathan Marszalek.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. It is quite an accomplishment considering that the Boy Scouts of America reports that only about 7% of young men who enter the Scouting program attain Eagle.
To attain the Eagle Scout rank a Scout must work his way through the first five ranks by learning skills such as camping, first aid, and personal fitness. He must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, provide leadership to his troop, and plan and execute a community service project.
Austin is the son of Josh and Sara Harrell. He is 14 and a freshman at North Polk High School in Alleman, Iowa. Austin plays percussion in his high school band, he is also planning on running track and joining the golf team in the spring. He likes riding ATVs, skateboarding, wake boarding, snow skiing and computer programming. He is also active in youth group at Lakeside Community Church.
Austin is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, known as Faithful Burning Fish. His high adventure trips include Okpik in Ely, MN and Philmont in Cimarron, New Mexico.
Austin's Eagle Scout project was building band shelves and bookshelves in the classroom at Prairie View Elementary in Lee’s Summit, MO. Austin attended Prairie View before moving to Iowa this past year.
He plans go to college to pursue a career in Computer Science.