The stars and stripes are flying high in style now, thanks to the efforts of Adam Wayment and Boy Scout Troop 34.
As an Eagle Scout Service project, Hahnville High graduate, Adam Wayment planned and carried out the construction of a flag pole for the grounds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 346 Lakewood Dr. in Luling.
The idea for the project came a year ago when Wayment attended a Fourth of July celebration at the LDS Church.
“I took part in the flag raising ceremony for the Fourth of July picnic which we did with a silly makeshift wooden flag pole. I thought it would be good to have a permanent flag pole for the church and neighborhood to be able to show our patriotrism,” Wayment said.
After participating in Scouting since he was eight years old, Wayment was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor.
Wayment has served as patrol leader in Boy Scout Troop 34 of the Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America which is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church has sponsored Scouting as an officially endorsed activity for its young men since 1913 with the goal of helping young men live their duty to God and develop upright moral behavior. The Church remains the largest single sponsor of Scouting in the United States, with more than one-third of all Scout troops in the U.S. under LDS sponsorship.
Not only did Wayment earn the required 21 merit badges for earning the Eagle Scout rank, but he earned an additional 19. Out of the 40 completed merit badges, Wayment said his favorite was the Pioneering Merit Badge where scouts learn to build structures with ropes. Venture scouting trips to Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas provided Wayment with opportunities to learn outdoor adventure skills like kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking and more.
Besides scouting accomplishments, Wayment graduated summa cum laude last May from Hahnville High and earned a scholarship to Duke University where he is currently enrolled. He is an accomplished musician and played in the Hahnville High marching band and symphonic band and also lettered in Tennis.
Wayment is majoring in Chemistry and will serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beginning next summer 2014.