Davidson junior is a third-generation Eagle Scout
A Hilliard Davidson High School junior is a third-generation Eagle Scout, carrying on a tradition his grandfather started in 1941.
Noah Morris, 16, joined his father, Donald Morris, and his paternal grandfather, Richard Morris, in earning the highest rank an active Boy Scout can achieve.
"I have always kept my grandfather informed each time I earned a new rank or got a new merit badge," he said. "He has been a real inspiration to me and I'm glad he got to see me earn my Eagle."
Richard Morris became an Eagle Scout in 1941 as a member of Troop 44 in Poland, Ohio, according to Donald. Noah is Richard's only grandson to pursue scouting, he said.
"I'm very proud of him," Donald said of his only son.
"It is an honor to carry on the tradition and to be the next link in the chain," Noah said. "If I ever have a son, I'd want him to go into Scouting, too."
Donald became an Eagle Scout in 1973 as a member of Troop 2 in Poland.
"Unlike my son, I wasn't required to finish a project," he said.
That requirement for Scouts came the following year. Instead, he was required to complete rank advancement requirements and to earn 21 required merit badges. His two older brothers, Robert and Dana, also became Eagle Scouts.
For his Eagle Scout project, Noah chose to clear an overgrown quarter-acre lot owned by the Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Road.
He is a member of Troop 418 of the Simon Kenton Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which meets at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church. Donald is Scoutmaster of the troop.
After clearing the wooded area in the back of the parcel, volunteers that he organized also installed two benches to create a small park.
In all, volunteers invested 208 man-hours in the project that concluded earlier this year.
In planning his Eagle Scout project, Noah prepared letters soliciting donations for materials.
Volunteers brought materials to the work site and Ahlum and Arbor Tree Preservation of Hilliard donated its services, removing and chipping the trees and underbrush.
The material was used to build a mulch path between the church parking lot and the new park.
"It was a good use of natural resources," Noah said. "Conservation is something Scouting is constantly teaching us.
"We also installed two benches we got from Home Depot. We bought the material (and looked up on the Internet) how to build it."
Brian McQuain, an elder at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church and chairman of the facilities committee, said the formerly overgrown area attracted bad behavior because it was secluded.
"We had some activities there, (such as alcohol consumption), that we don't want on church property," he said. "It was kind of an eyesore, too, ... and now you'll find people having lunch (and) some kids are planning an overnight camp there, too."
Noah is awaiting a Court of Honor, a ceremony in which a Boy Scout formally receives the Eagle Scout rank.
In addition to being an Eagle Scout, Noah is a member of the Order of the Arrow, the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America, and he attended Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
"Scouting has taught me leadership skills," he said. "It's been a great experience and Scouting will continue to benefit me."
He wants to study law enforcement or criminal justice, possibly at the Ohio State University or Ohio University.
Noah plays the trumpet in the Hilliard Davidson High School marching band. He also is a member of the symphonic band.