Bryce C. Davis, the son of Cameron and Cathe Davis of Payson and a member of Boy Scout Troop 7254, received the rank of Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor, Sunday, Dec. 12.
As a Cub Scout in Mesa, Davis earned the Arrow of Light, which is the equivalent of an Eagle Scout award in the Cub Scout program. The Arrow of Light is the only badge from Cub Scouts that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform. He moved from the Cub Scout program right into the Boy Scout program, Troop 7254.
He has enjoyed earning merit badges, participating in campouts and serving in a variety of leadership positions within his troop, he said.
For his community service Eagle Project, Davis chose to design and build two trailhead signs for the Payson Area Trails System (PATS). He worked with Mary McMullen, formerly with the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and Chelsea Muise with the Tonto National Forest Service.
His project centered on creating a synchronized signage plan that links Payson’s trail system with many of the Forest Service trails that surround Payson. The two trails he focused on were the American Gulch and Monument Peak trails.
First, Davis built the blueprint for the overall project so that future Eagle Scouts and civic service groups would have a plan to follow in continuing this project. He then led a group of 15 Boy Scouts, grandparents, parents, brothers and friends as they helped him cut out, paint, sand and detail each sign.
The biggest challenge of the project was to hand chisel each letter out so that it would match Forest Service specifications. Davis and his father took over the chiseling with ease.
More than 125 hours were spent on this project, which will have a lasting effect on the PATS program for years to come.
Davis is the oldest of three boys and has been a great role model for his younger brothers. He is always looking out for others and considers what they need before his own wants or desires.
In the Scouting program, the Scout oath teaches boys to be trustworthy and helpful. Davis has always lived his life in a way that people could trust and rely on him from something as simple as collecting money for a charity to coaching Biddy Basketball for Trevor LaHaye in the youth and adult sports programs for the Town of Payson. His leadership skills have also improved due to the many opportunities he was given to utilize those skills within the Scouting program and church youth group.
Since he was 4 years old, Davis has enjoyed sports. His first love was soccer and for the last two years he has played for the Payson Longhorns on the JV soccer team. Toward the end of the season, his coach pulled him up on to the varsity team where he played very well. His second favorite sport is golf. He is now old enough where he gives his dad a run for his money on the golf course.
Davis is also a great student and his mom has instilled in him the importance of a good education.
He is an outdoorsman and loves to camp, hike, fish and has become good at making pine furniture. One of the things Davis is looking forward to, when he turns 19, is serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“We are very proud of Bryce in what he stands for and the example he is to everyone he comes in contact with. He is very soft spoken, but you will not find a young man with more desire to do good and to help those in need. Congratulations, Bryce, on receiving your Eagle Scout Award!” his father,