Baker receives Boy Scouts’ highest honor

Christopher Mikhail Baker, a junior at Seabury Hall, has been awarded Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout award, the first such honor for Kula Troop 100.

He is the son of Dr. Bobby and Julie Baker of Kula.

Christopher received the award Jan. 19 in a Court of Honor held at Waipuna Chapel in Kula.

The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank awarded by Boy Scouts of America. Only 2 percent of Scouts achieve the rank.

Baker completed his Eagle Scout project for Seabury Hall in 2012. His project entailed the installation of a night lighting system to illuminate the pathway near the entrance of the school, improving safety for those attending evening events.

Twenty-two volunteers worked 118 hours over three days on the project, which required excavating and rolling sod, digging trenches, installing electrical wiring, pouring cement, erecting night bollard light posts, placing a 24 volt transformer and restoring the campus landscape.

“The project teaches the scouts so many skills that are rarely learned in school,” said Bill Hurd, director of facilities at Seabury Hall. “This project reinforces the need to consider many of the things that are used on a day-to-day basis to make sure a school’s campus is safe. This project will also be used as a pilot project. A lot of people have been looking forward to seeing this get started.”

In addition to earning his Eagle Award, Baker attended the 2010 National Jamboree, the Florida Sea Base Camp and Philmont Scout Ranch. This summer, he is planning to go to the Northern Tier high adventure base camp.

For attending all three national high adventure base camps, Baker will receive the prestigious High Adventure Triple Crown Award.