Eagle Scout creates walking and fitness path around JMH


Devin Hudson, created the quarter-mile
walking trail around the JMH campus for his
Eagle Scout project.

ABINGDON, Va. – There’s a new fitness trail on the campus of Johnston Memorial Hospital, thanks to a young man giving back to his community.

 Through an Eagle Scout service project, Devin Hudson, 15, of Glade Spring worked a total of 78 hours on this quarter-mile walking trail around the campus. He is an Eagle Scout with Troop 76 of Meadowview.

 The walking trail, marked by large yellow stars painted on the path, is a great way for patients, hospital team members and residents of the community to get some exercise or fresh air.

  “This is a great tool for our team members and visitors alike to use to stay active. It is a great way to promote healthy activity, even if you only have a few minutes each day,” said Nathan Osborne, director of Facilities at JMH and Scoutmaster of Troop 76, Meadowview. 

 To be an Eagle Scout, troop members are required to complete several tasks for themselves and the community, all before celebrating their 18th birthday. 

 Eagle Scouts must create a service project that will benefit a local church, school, organization (aside from the BSA) or community. Each member must get approval from the community or organization, as well as a Scoutmaster, the troop committee and council to be able to begin the service project.

 Members must earn at least 21 merit badges, 12 of which are requirements, including first aid, citizenship in the world, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the community, communications, personal fitness, personal management, environmental science, emergency preparedness, camping, swimming and family life.

 “I appreciate Johnson Memorial Hospital allowing me to complete my Eagle Scout project on their campus, and I’m very fortunate for this experience,” Hudson said.


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