Thirteen Year Old Hosts Food Drive To Earn Eagle Scout

Just six percent of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle, and the average age of those who do is 17, according to the Boy Scouts of America. However, Hackettstown’s newest Eagle Scout earned that rank at just 13 years old and hasn’t even started high school yet.
In August of last year, Reid Captain led more than 40 volunteers who collectively gave over 250 hours of their time to his Eagle Scout service project, a food drive for The Lord’s Pantry, which is a ministry of Trinity Church in Hackettstown. Captain’s project brought in more than 4,000 pounds of groceries to be distributed to local families and individuals in need. As a result of this project, as well as completing many other requirements, Captain earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Mon., July 11.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 158 in Hackettstown and previously a member of Cub Scout Pack 148 in Independence, Captain has so far earned 41 merit badges-20 more than required to become an Eagle Scout. He has also earned eight awards, including the National Outdoor Awards for camping and hiking, as well as the World Conservation Award. He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s national honor society, and has served in a number of leadership positions within the troop, including patrol leader, webmaster, troop guide, troop instructor and quartermaster. To date, he has camped more than 80 nights, hiked more than 100 miles and biked more than 100 miles with his troop.
Captain graduated from Great Meadows Middle School in June and will begin high school at Warren County Technical School in September to study engineering and electronics.
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