Brandon Matlock Hayes, 18, will receive the Boy Scouts of America Rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor on Saturday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Unity Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1530 E. Unity Church Road in Hardin. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. A reception will follow.
Hayes is a member of Boy Scout Troop 422 Chartered by the Oakland Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sharpe and sponsored by Shawnee Trails Council (now Lincoln Heritage Council). While a member of the troop he has held several leadership roles, including Den Chief, Librarian, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Brandon has earned 49 merit badges, which includes the 21 required for the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Whitehorse Lodge, as well as, Venture Crew 207 in Draffenville. He has also served as a counselor at the Roy C. Manchester Boy Scout Camp summer camps in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
For his Eagle Project, Hayes planned and oversaw the building and installation of ten bat houses at Mike Miller Park in Draffenville. The project included 219 hours of preparation, work and management.
Hayes is a 2012 honor graduate of Marshall County High School, where he was a member of the Science Olympiad Team, Academic Team, Marching Marshals, Future Educators Association and the Young Conservatives. He is a member of the Unity Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Uniteens. Hayes has taught Vacation Bible School and will be serving this month as the recreation counselor for the Covenant Presbytery Jr. Church Camp. Brandon has also served as a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Denominational Youth Mission team to Guatemala, Central America in 2010 and last month to Uganda, Africa. Both mission trips consisted of working with children in schools and orphanages teaching faith, morals and English as a Second Language. Additionally, he served as a Youth Delegate to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church General Assembly in 2011 in Springfield, Mo.
Hayes is the son of Rev. Brian and Debbie Hayes of Benton. He will attend Bethel University in the fall, where he will major in elementary education.