High School Senior with Autism Earns Coveted Eagle Scout Rank

Only four percent of the children who join the Boy Scouts ever go on to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank offered in the Boy Scouts. But the relative difficulty of reaching this rank hasn’t stopped young people with differing abilities from working to make it to this prestigious level. Harrison Armstrong is one of the people who has overcome his obstacles and made it to his goal.

Harrison is a senior at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. He’s on the autism spectrum, but he hasn’t let his struggles keep him from achieving his dreams.

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Harrison loves volunteering. He is a member of the Salvation Army of Spokane church and plans to become a Senior Soldier there. He even asked to volunteer as a Salvation Army bell ringer for his 16th birthday.

This driven young man has also been in the Boy Scouts for years. And now he’s among the four percent of Boy Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

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In order to become an Eagle Scout, Harrison had to complete an Eagle Scout project that helps the community. He chose to design and build two picnic tables that fold up easily for use at Camp Gifford, a camp that aims to assist underprivileged children and adolescents, teach teamwork, and cultivate servant leadership. The tables will serve at-risk teenagers who come to the camp each year.

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On a Saturday in March, Harrison was awarded his Eagle Scout Badge, Eagle Scout Award, and Eagle Scout Neckerchief. As an Eagle Scout, Harrison is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. He embodies the Scout law, making him a person of known strong character.

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Harrison may have reached the top rank of the Boy Scouts, but we’re sure he’s not going to stop here. Congratulations, Harrison!

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