Brothers Jonathan and Zachary Smith were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony at Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist Church on August 29.
They are the sons of Gary and Tonya Smith of Wilkesboro and the grandsons of Gary and Betty Smith and Roland and Donna Souther of North Wilkesboro, all of North Wilkesboro.
Attending the ceremony were fellow Scouts; friends and family; Grayson Farmer, representing United States representative Virginia Foxx; and members of the Williams / Canter Marine Corps League Detachment 1187.
Jonathan joined the 325 Cub Pack as a Fourth Year Webelo and qualified for Arrow of Light in May 2013. He moved to 325 Troop, where he made several canoe and camping trips and was attended weeklong sessions at Camp Raven Knob camp. He has also been to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Whitewater Rafting Center, and the Yorktown aircraft carrier. Jonathan served as a den leader and attended parent-son camps at Camp Raven Knob.
Jonathan transferred to Boy Scout Troop 335 in November 2015. He attended other Camp Raven Knob sessions and made a trip to the Northeastern States and Amish Country, rafting in West Virginia and canoeing at the Northern Tier High Adventure Base. Jonathan completed the National Youth Leadership Training at Camp Raven Knob.
His leadership roles included quartermaster and representative of the Order of the Arrow troops. During this time, he also helped with Scouting for Food and Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Jonathan recently obtained his Sport Marksmanship Instructor certification to further assist with the Cub Day Camp.
Jonathan was hired and became a member of the Wahissa Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout honor society, in August 2015. He received his brotherhood in June 2016. He actively participated in the events and the conclave of the OA and was vice-chief of communications for the Takachsin chapter for several years. He also attended the National Order of the Arrow conference at Indiana University in July 2018. Jonathan works with the team of cooks in the dining room at Camp Raven Knob for OA events and Cubs Fall Adventure Weekends.
For his Eagle Scout project, Jonathan built blue bird houses for the US Army Corps of Engineers and
Jonathan graduated from West Wilkes High School in 2020 and is pursuing an Associate Degree in Animal Science and Poultry Management at Wilkes Community College.
Zachary joined Cub Pack 325 as a Cub in September 2011. He rose through the Cubs ranks and got Arrow of Light in May 2015. In Pack 325, he took camping trips to Buck Mountain and Rendezvous Mountain, attended Parent-Son. Camporees and Cub Resident Camps at Camp Raven Knob and overnight on the Yorktown aircraft carrier.
Zachary was also transferred to Troop 335 in November 2015 and attended the Camp Raven Knob sessions, went white water rafting in West Virginia, the Northeastern States and Amish country and attended base d Northern Tier High adventure. Zachary has served as a chaplain’s aide, patrol leader and representative of the Order of the Arrow. He was a leader for young scouts on another trip to Yorktown. He participated in Scouting for Food, Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, and helped out at the Cub day camp.
Zachary became a member of the Order of the Arrow from Wahissa Lodge in July 2018. He received his fellowship in July 2019. Zachary also works with the Camp Raven Knob team of cooks for OA events and weekends. wolf cubs fall adventure. He attended the conclave and is the chapter leader of the Takachsin chapter in Wilkes.
His Eagle Scout project was to build a pantry placed at West Wilkes High School. He checks weekly to keep it stocked with food. Zachary earned 55 merit badges.
Zachary is a junior at West Wilkes High School. He is a member of the National Beta Club, the National Technical Honor Society, the FFA and is a member of the West Wilkes Hunter Skills Team.
Both brothers are members of the Fishing Creek Arbor Baptist Church. Zachary sings with the youth choir and helps at the children’s church.