|An Eagle project by Hayden Hall to build a rain and shade building for the dromedary camels at the Santa Ana Zoo has been selected by Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the top service project completed by 2011 Eagle Scouts. A junior assistant scoutmaster of Troop 36 in Irvine, Hall will be honored as the council’s second recipient of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award at Orange County’s Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on March 28, 2012.
The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has established the Adams Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award.
Each council chooses a council-level winner and from that pool, each region selects a region-level recipient. A national winner is selected from the four regional finalists. The council winner receives a certificate and a bronze device for the Eagle Scout embroidered knot from NESA. In addition, each winner’s name is added to a perpetual plaque located in the council’s service center.
“I feel very honored to receive this award because I know how many Eagle candidates complete worthwhile projects in Orange County each year,” said the 16 year-old Hall about receiving the award. ”It is also rewarding to gain recognition for this large-scale project that benefited both the Santa Ana Zoo as well as all the Scouts and volunteers who worked so hard on it. Few Scouts had previously worked on such a large construction project. They came away with many new construction skills.”
Constructed over a three-week period by more than 60 volunteers, the 450-foot wooden structure is 12 feet high. Hall raised $8,240 and secured donated building materials by conducting a series of donor presentations to local businesses and citizens.
According to Hall, the structure was urgently needed to protect the camels and for the zoo to maintain its accreditation with the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums. ”The exhibit for the new dromedary camels needed a shade and rain shelter, especially since they would only eat if their food was dry,” noted the Santa Ana resident. ”I knew I wanted to build a complex wooden structure because I had spent three years at Hewes Middle School developing woodworking skills in an electives course.”
A sophomore at Foothill High School, Hall participates in several activities including cross-country, track and Mock Trial and plays guitar in the rock band Mentality. After high school he plans to attend a UC or private college followed by law school.
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