Eagle scout honored with medal of merit Posted in: Lifestyle A local scout was honored for his years of work, as well as his heroism during a difficult situation, during a ceremony on Saturday. After 11 years of dedication, Hunter Hayes of Troop 472 had his board of review at the end of December, then officially became an Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Elgin. In addition to the badges and other requirements, Hayes completed a service project in order to become an Eagle Scout. After a large, decades-old tree in the front lawn of the First United Methodist Church was destroyed,PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!