Gabriel Youngkin, a senior at Lehighton High School and a Boy Scout with Troop 209, was honored recently with an Eagle Court of Honor at the First Presbyterian Church in the Lehighton for earning his Eagle Scout badge on November 12.

To earn Scouting's highest award, Gabriel earned 21 merit badges, served several leadership positions, and completed a community service project.

He has been with Troop 209 for six years and is the son of Annette and John Youngkin, and the grandson of John and Barbara Youngkin and Anne Marie Gimbor from Jim Thorpe.

His leadership positions include patrol quartermaster, Den Chief for two years for Cub Pack 82, and troop quartermaster.

For his community service project, Gabriel, with the help of others, repaired and refurbished the informational sign in front of the First Presbyterian Church.

The sign was taken apart, repaired, sanded, repainted and put back together. The electrical wires were replaced and the grounds around the sign where cleaned up with new mulch and flowers.

While in scouts, Gabriel attended summer camp every year, went on many hikes, camped over 100 nights, and has completed many hours of community service.

He had the opportunity to go on two high adventure trips. One trip was a week of Coral Reef Sailing at Sea Base in the Florida keys and the other was a canoe trip in Minnesota in Canada where they spent a week and covered over 75 miles.

Gabriel said that he has been more places and learned more more in Scouts than he ever could have on his own and he feels that scouting is something every boy should have the opportunity to experience.

He would like to thank all the people who have supported him over the years, his family, friends, Scout leaders, church, and all those others who have helped him.

Gabriel's future plans are to go to college and also to stay on at Troop 209 as a leader.