Troop 726 Eagle Scout Recognized

An Eagle Scout Ceremony was held Saturday afternoon at Powhatan Original Free Will Baptist Church in Clayton for Eagle Scout Christopher Gerard Hortsmann. During the ceremony, Christopher (right) was presented the Eagle Scout Good Citizenship Award from Eagle Scout Coordinator Lewis W. Rice III (left) on behalf of the Johnston County Marine Corps League Carry-On Detachment 1236.

For his Eagle Scout project, Christopher built a barrier fence on the walking trails at Clemmons Educational State Forest in Clayton to help hikers follow the trails and not go off the beaten path. Boy Scouts take responsibility to make a difference in the environment, Christopher said.

Christopher is a junior at Clayton High School and plans on pursing a computer engineering degree. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 726 of Clayton and plans on joining a Venturer Crew. Venturing Scouts is a co-ed program for male and female Scouts and between 14 and 20. The young adults in a Venturing Crew make all the decisions and run all the programs with very minimal adult supervision.

Christopher is the son of Gerry and Lori Hortsmann of Clayton.