Samuel Griffin Johnson of Hendersonville, a member of BSA Troop 75 will receive the rank of Eagle Scout at his Eagle Court of Honor on Nov. 3.
He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Johnson, Jr. and the brother to Caroline Elizabeth and Aidan Sanders Johnson. He is also a senior at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville.
Johnson began his scouting career as a Cub Scout with Pack 407 on Oct. 22, 2009, chartered by Indian Lake Elementary School, and lead by Cub Master Michael Murphy.
After achieving his Arrow of Light, the highest honor in Cub Scouts, Griffin crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 75 chartered by his home church, First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville on August 6, 2013.
Thanks to the support of former Scout Masters Blake Grave and Todd Batson, current Scout Master Chris Scherba, along with the many dedicated leaders and parents, Johnson advanced to Life Scout.
To earn the rank of Eagle, he earned 41 merit badges and demonstrated leadership by fundraising, organizing and leading his Eagle Scout Service Project.
His Eagle Scout Project consisted of building 10 Buddy Benches for six local Sumner County schools including Indian Lake Elementary, Jack Anderson Elementary, Nannie Berry Elementary, Merroll Hyde Magnet School, Burrus Elementary and Station Camp Elementary.
He also wrote and organized the filming of an instructional video that was shown in each school to explain to the students how the Buddy Bench works. This video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/cuopTfAixcA.
To complete the project, Johnson created a curriculum that was used by the teachers to further help explain the program and where the students could pledge to become a Buddy Bench Friend for the school year.
He was recognized at the September Sumner County School Board’s September meeting and his Buddy Bench Eagle Scout Project has been nominated to be considered for Boy Scouts of America Eagle Project of the Year for 2019.