Nathaniel S. Hayes, Brent M. Maltbia, and Charles A. Morin, all members of Boy Scout Troop 770, of Sherwood have earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts of America offers. Only 3-4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain this prestigious honor.
"We are truly proud of these young men’s achievements as Troop 770’s 20th, 21st, and 22nd Scouts to achieve the coveted rank of Eagle Scout," said Tricia Morin, secretary of Troop 770. "Brent is the Scoutmaster’s son. So between the Scoutmaster (Randy Maltbia), Brent’s younger brother Nathan (who is a Star Scout), and his mom Kelly Maltbia (who is the Training Chair), it is truly a family affair."
She added,"Nathaniel Hayes sprinted into the finish line to complete his Eagle rank just before his 18th birthday and is also graduating from high school this year. Nathaniel is now serving as an adult leader in the Troop since he is now 18 years old. Charles’ dad was Skyped in for Charles’s Eagle Board of Review from his remote site in Djibouti, Africa. His dad arrived home yesterday (April 11), just in time to help with the final preparations for the Eagle Court of Honor."
A ceremony honoring all three took place on April 19 at First Christian Church of Sherwood, 2803 E. Kiehl Avenue, Sherwood. A reception will follow. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
Hayes, 18, is the son of Master Sgt. Michael Hayes (USAF Retired) and Stephenie Hayes of Cabot. Hayes earned the rank of Eagle on Feb. 16. Hayes’ Eagle Project was in support of Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Park in Jacksonville. He led a team of youth and adult volunteers that replaced all six sets of steps for the main cabin in the replica homestead using 98 percent recycled and natural materials. His project improved the accessibility to the cabin, as well as significantly improving the safety and longevity of the steps.
Maltbia, 17, is the son of Master Sgt. Randy and Kelly Maltbia of Cabot. He earned the rank of Eagle on Dec. 23. Maltbia’s Eagle project was in support of Cabot Southside Elementary School. He led a team of adults and youth volunteers that built flower beds around trees in the front parking lot, painted existing soccer goals on both playgrounds, and replaced all four basketball hoops and nets. New backboard decals displaying the Southside name and Panther paw were put on four basketball goals. This project spruced up the grounds and provided the students with improved equipment to use during recess.
Morin, 15, is the son of Lt. Col. Roger and Tricia Morin of Jacksonville. He earned the rank of Eagle on Nov. 19. Morin led a team of adult and youth volunteers in constructing two custom picnic tables with benches for Hearts and Hooves, which provides equine assisted activities to persons with disabilities. This new seating area will provide a gathering spot for families to build a sense of community while watching their family member participate in equine activities.
Troop 770’s Charter Organization is the First Christian Church of Sherwood.
For the past 24 years, Troop 770 has consistently served the local community by participating in the Great Arkansas Clean-Up, improving parks and other areas through numerous Eagle Scout projects, conducting roadside clean-ups, and participating in community events: Sherwood Veteran’s Parade, Sherwood mayor’s annual prayer breakfast, Veteran’s Hospital, Heart Walk.