Local boy earns Eagle Scout ranking

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Boy Scout Denver Paul Campbell, a member of Troop 293 in Charlottesville, was recently honored at a special court of honor for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouting’s highest honor. The ceremony was held at NineStar Connect.

In order to earn scouting’s highest award Campbell had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in this troop, and complete a major community service project.

His service project was installing a concrete handicap accessible sidewalk for Warrington Church of the Nazarene as well as improving the handicap parking spaces and driveway with crushed stone. The project took 54 hours to complete.

“Without the generous help of my financial donors and physical labor helpers, which includes Roland Concrete, Irving Materials INC, Caldwell Gravel Services, Charlottesville Lions Club, and BSA Troop 293, my project could not have been completed,” Campbell said.

On his path to Eagle Scout, Campbell earned 26 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles including senior patrol leader, quartermaster, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader. He also is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor society. Additionally, he has earned the rank of Firecrafter within the honor camper association known as Firercrafter.

A freshman at Eastern Hancock High School, Campbell, 15, currently raises his own cattle with his brother under the guidance of their grandfather. He is also a member of 4-H, church youth group and band. He plans to continue raising cattle and preparing for a future in the field of engineering. He would like to spend his future improving the farming industry.