The Washington Times-Herald
---- — In June 2013 an Eagle Scout Court of Honor) ceremony was held at the Elnora Christian Church to bestow the rank of Eagle Scout on Christian Elijah Leighty.
Less than two percent of active Scouts actually attain the rank of Eagle. Elijah’s path to Eagle has been even a rarer and unique journey. His BSA career has taken him along an 11-year journey from Tiger Cub Scout to Eagle Scout; less than one percent of all active Scouts preserver to this level of dedication to the Scouting movement.
While a member of the three-year of Cub Scout program, Elijah earned rank each year, five Gold Arrow Points and eleven Silver Arrow Points for Extra achievement, 47 Academic and Sports Awards, eligibility in the Trails End Popcorn College Scholarship Program and two Den and Pack Pinewood Derby First Place Trophies.
In the two-year Webelos Program, Elijah became a plank owner and founding member of Elnora Pack 447, earning a total of 14 Webelos Activities Badges, seven additional Academic and Sports Awards, completed the God and Me and God and Family Religious Programs, and closed his Cub Scout journey with receiving Cub Scouting’s highest honor - THE ARROW OF LIGHT.
Elijah crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 481 in January 2007. He advanced in rank each year from 2007 to 2013 earning a total of 39 Merit Badges during the period. Elijah was very active in the outdoor program, attending Summer Camp four times, 18 Council and District sponsored Camporees and attended the National Jamboree in 2010.
Additionally, in 2010, Elijah was inducted into Scouting National Honor Society – Order of the Arrow – Nischa Chuppecat Lodge. In support of the National OA he spent several weeks during the summer months of 2011 and 2012 providing cheerful service as a Corps Member on the Summit Corp – New River Experience building mountain bike trails in the West Virginia Mountains for the National Parks Service.
While in Troop 481 Elijah held the leadership positions of Troop Scribe, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop OA Representative, finishing out his career as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Elijah’s Eagle Service Project was a collaboration with the Odon American Legion Post 293 to enhance the North Daviess Area Veterans Memorial on highway 58 East in Odon. His project was inspired by a trip made to Washington DC to the Vietnam War memorial.
Elijah’s future Scouting plans are to remain as active as possible with the future demands of college and be a role model and mentor for younger Scouts on the path to Eagle.