Local Eagle Scout Receives Prestigious William T. Hornaday Conservation Award

URI freshman and Charlestown resident Christopher Clarkin was recently presented the award by the Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council.

(L-R) George W. Shuster, Narragansett Council Board President,  Christopher Clarkin and Christine Clarkin. Submitted Photo
(L-R) George W. Shuster, Narragansett Council Board President, Christopher Clarkin and Christine Clarkin. Submitted Photo

The Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council recently presented Eagle Scout Christopher Clarkin of Charlestown with the William T. Hornaday Bronze Medal Award at its annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner. The award recognizes those that have made a significant contribution to conservation.

Clarkin is a member of Troop 15 Charlestown. He is currently a freshman at the University of Rhode Island, double majoring in Engineering and Chinese. 

“The medal is the most distinguished conservation award in the Boy Scouts of America and the standards are rigorous,” said John H. Mosby, Scout Executive & CEO of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America. “We are very pleased to be able to make this award to Chris.”

In the past 100 years, only a little more than 1,100 medals have been awarded across the Nation. In Rhode Island, it has been 20 years since a Scout has achieved the award.

The award requires the completion of a number of Scout merit badges and the completion of four projects. The projects require a substantial amount of time and each one is equivalent in scope to an Eagle Scout Project.

Clarkin’s projects included volunteering with U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW), forestry project with the Rhode Island Forest Conservators Organization, monofilament fishing line recycling program with the Rhode Island Fisherman’s Club and volunteering in an education program for the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory Wildlife Restoration Project.

“Scouting places a strong emphasis on respecting the outdoors,” added Mosby. “Christopher took that lesson to the next level by not only understanding, but making an impact and engaging, educating and serving others.”

Clarkin recently received his appointment to West Point, where he will be attending in the Fall.


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