Leadership, service, and community. Three principles rooted in the Warrior Way, a set of values intended to guide Warriors in their daily actions. Zach Salter, a senior at Liberty, has demonstrated these principles and more in his service and dedication to the Boy Scouts of America for more than 11 years. As a result of his hard work and dedication, Zach recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the BSA. Eagle Scout is recognized nationwide as the most prestigious and highly treasured award in the BSA, an accomplishment that lasts a lifetime earned only through hard work, diligence, and perseverance.
Zach achieved his Eagle Scout rank by dedicating over 70 service hours to projects in his community, earning 59 merit badges, and planning, organizing, and executing his Eagle Scout project: building six 8 x 6 foot garden planter boxes for Central Elementary School in Lewisville for their science curriculum.
The Eagle Scout Project is only part of the process to obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Each candidate must also complete the additional requirements before their 18th birthday of active participation, Scout spirit, earning merit badges, holding positions of responsibility, completing a service project, and holding a unit leader conference. Senior patrol leader, instructor, troop guide, and historian are just a few of the positions Zach has held since joining the BSA in 2014.
Each member must hold a leadership position for four months at a time in order to move up in rank, and experience within each role culminates to prepare scouts for their final Eagle Scout Project.
The BSA is an entirely student led organization, and every meeting is organized and led by patrol leaders. Senior scout members teach younger members leadership and survival skills like how to start a fire and essential first aid techniques.
Zach has earned 56 merit badges during his time with the BSA, including a Snorkeling and Paul Bunyan Woodsman award. Zach’s father said the design and architecture merit badges are his favorite.
Achieving the Eagle Scout Rank is no easy feat and requires demonstrated leadership and a servant’s heart. Zach has surpassed the characteristics of the Warrior Way in his pursuit of excellence within the Boy Scouts of America. Zach, you are a Remarkable Warrior!
“Eagle Scout is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as youth continue to earn it every day as adults. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not was.”