Leander teen to earn Eagle Scout rank


Nineteen-year-old Leander resident Todd Smith will be officially recognized as an Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor ceremony Aug. 4. 

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts organization. Only 7 percent of members earn the top rank. 

Smith was a member of Boy Scout Troop 161 and was up for earning his Eagle rank at age 17, but due to an illness in the family, his Court of Honor ceremony was postponed until August.

A Rouse High School graduate and sophomore at Texas Tech University, Smith was recognized for outstanding community service work with his installation of a bench in his Leander neighborhood, Block House Creek.

Smith set out to display leadership in his Eagle Scout project, overseeing the donation of materials, figuring the amount of cement, rebar and boards to build the frame and documenting the details for his board of review. Smith said he worked with Home Depot at 2700 East Whitestone Blvd. to furnish all the materials. 

Block House MUD supplied a coated steel bench. 

Smith said he had help from many scout leaders, fellow scouts from Troop 161, his father and brother with this project. He kept count of the hours each person worked, made sure everyone had something to do such as mixing cement, putting the bench together and kept his group fueled with delicious food during their work hours. 

“I was proud to do this project because I love my neighborhood,” Smith said. 

Smith’s bench marks the start of a new park in the Block House Creek neighborhood called Kirk’s Landing. 

Smith’s Court of Honor ceremony begins at 4 p.m. on Aug. 4., at Leander United Methodist Church, 107 South West Dr.