Hayden Altmiller receives Scouting’s highest rank
Sixteen-year-old Hayden Altmiller marked his recent advancement to Eagle Scout by posing for a photo in front of the Eagle Scout mural and memorial while visiting his grandparents (Desley and Sherry Altmiller), his great-grandparents (Wade and Edwana Fikes) and his great-grandmother (Evelyn Altmiller) during the Easter holiday. Hayden has close ties to Olney as his dad, Dustin Altmiller, was born and raised in Olney.
“The mural caught our eye the last time we visited [Olney], and we made plans to take his picture the next time we were in town,” said Becky Altmiller, Hayden’s mother.
Hayden was enthralled by the Main Street mural, especially as his uncle (Greg Nix) is among the scouts honored. Hayden had advanced recently to the Eagle Scout ranking like his uncle, who occasionally inquired about his scouting endeavors.
Hayden started as a Cub scout in Wichita Falls with Pack 316 and transferred to Pack 95 (Troop 95) when the family moved to Fort Worth. Hayden’s affiliation with the Scouts afforded him opportunities to engage in community service. His most notable projects were rebuilding a bridge and “revamping the teachers lounge at the local middle school.” But, most importantly, Hayden appreciates the life lessons as a scout.
“It has been a long journey, many ups and downs, perseverance and patience are things I have had to practice,” Hayden said.