Zach Hanson earns Eagle Scout rank

It is the highest rank achievement in the Boy Scouts of America.

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Zachary "Zach" Hanson recently earned his Eagle Scout rank.
Contributed / Diane Hanson

Zachary "Zach" Hanson recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America. Hanson is the son of Kim and Diane Hanson of Jamestown. His older brother, Ben, is also an Eagle Scout, having earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2016.

Zach Hanson’s Court of Honor to celebrate his Eagle Scout rank was held on April 29, 2023
at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Hanson has been involved in scouting since the first grade. He began his scouting journey in Pack 145 as a Cub Scout and crossed over to Boy Scouts in 2019, joining Troop 163 chartered out of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jamestown.

The path to Eagle Scout includes earning a minimum of 21 merit badges, with 13 that are specifically identified as Eagle-required badges; at least 20 nights of camping; sustained activity as a Troop member; leadership positions within the troop; and community service hours. Scout Spirit must be demonstrated by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The Eagle Scout rank also includes a project led by the scout that demonstrates the scout’s ability to plan, lead and complete a significant project.

Fewer than four out of every 100 Scouts achieve the Eagle Scout rank and at least one out of the 100 will later say that he valued his Eagle Scout above his college degree, scouting officials say.


Hanson is a freshman at Jamestown High School and currently holds the troop position of chaplain aide. He previously held the positions of patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. Hanson has completed over 72 hours of community service, 22 nights of camping and 38 merit badges. He has received special awards for Cyber Chip, Totin’ Chip, Historic Trails and S.C.U.B.A.

Hanson coordinated with Two River Activity Center to complete his Eagle oroject. He planned, organized and led his troop in the construction of an outdoor playground at TRAC. The playground benefits students who attend TRAC as well as the community youth.

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