A Taylorville High School freshman has achieved the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts and did so at an early age. 15-year-old Eric Harrison earned the ranking of Eagle Scout on November 21, 2013. At the time Harrison was 14 which makes him 3 years younger than the average age of Scouts receiving the Eagle ranking. Harrison is the son of Steve and Lori Harrison.
To attain Eagle Rank a scout must earn 21 Eagle approved merit badges and Harrison has earned 33. A scout will also need to work through all the ranks in scouting up to Eagle. At that point, the scout must plan and supervise a Community Service Project to prove his leadership skills. Harrison chose to install 2 park style grills at the Boyd Dappert Youth Reservation at Lake Taylorville. Harrison supervised scouts and leaders with the installation and landscaping of the grills.
Harrison started in scouts as a Tiger at the age of 6. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow and has earned Brotherhood. Harrison held the position of Senior Patrol Leader for 2 years in Troop 132 and currently holds the position of Order of the Arrow Representative. His father Steve is the Assistant Scout Master for his Troop 132. Harrison’s Court of Honor was held this past Sunday.