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March 29, 2013

Hudson earns Eagle Scout rank

DUNCAN — To earn his Eagle Scout rank, Bryce Hudson worked to restore Stephens County history.

Hudson, a Duncan High School junior, is advancing in ranks, something only 3 to 4 percent of all Boy Scouts achieve. His ceremony is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Raw Church.

To earn the highest ranking, scouts have to earn at least 21 merit badges, demonstrate Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, and complete an in-depth project. For his project, Hudson set to restore Oak Grove Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Stephens County.

“We put in about 200 hours into the entire project,” Hudson said.

In the Boy Scouts, he has served as quarter master, patrol leader, senior patrol leader, librarian and den chief for the local cub scout den. Hudson, the son of Michael and Lisa Hudson, is a member of Troop 4434.

Two years ago, the Hudson family was recognized as the Scouting Family of the Year. This award was shared with his parents and two younger brothers, Jerad and Nathan.

Hudson started in scouts when he was in first grade. Since that time, he has earned numerous scouting honors including being named as a member of the Order of the Arrow and Earned Triple Crown for High Adventure. He has also attended every summer camp since first grade.

He officially accomplished his goals to become Eagle Scout in 2012, which was the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts. Because of this, Hudson will be one of the last boys to earn the Centennial Eagle Scout rank, a rank made specially for the Centennial year.

“It seemed pretty cool to me,” Hudson said. “It’s not just an average Eagle. I was one of the last Eagles, at least in Stephens County, to make Eagle that year.

“It was a lot of work. It turned out well.”

Hudson received positive feedback on his Eagle Scout project.

And it’s a project that took his a lot of planning, leg work and hands-on work to get done. He had to work with the Chickasaw Nation to get permission to work on the cemetery. He trimmed trees, fixed pieces of the fence and remade the cemetery sign.

The one thing he didn’t do was replace headstones because of the money and time it would take to do so.

“The cemetery was there before Humphreys Lake was there,” Hudson said. “They don’t bury anyone out there anymore.”

He’s looking forward to his Eagle Scout ceremony, although he’s amazed to have reached the top rank in the organization.

“I’m kind of nervous,” Hudson said. “It will be good.”

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