Texas Boy Scout awarded highest conservation medal


A Del Rio Eagle Scout has been awarded the Hornaday silver medal, scouting’s highest conservation award. Benjamin Rawald is the first scout to ever earn that award in the 108-year-history of the Texas BSA Southwest Council, headquartered in San Angelo.

Rawald is one of the highest decorated scouts overall, and his hard work has led to better environmental conditions around Laughlin Air Force Base, as well as safe harbor for migrating Monarch Butterflies in at least two counties.

While volunteer efforts, youth leadership and conservation work are proven strong suits of young Benjamin, Rawald says he wants to pursue an ambitious career, beginning with a dual degree. “I plan as of right now to go to University of West Florida, UWF,” said Rawald. “[To] go in[to] their dual degree program for their… computer hardware engineer and computer electrical engineer.”

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