Marlborough resident Aidan Steadman recently received the prestigious William T. Hornaday Award Silver Medal, the highest award in Scouting for distinguished service to natural resource conservation.
An Eagle Scout and member of Venturing Crew 51 in Marlborough, Steadman received the award in a ceremony held last week.
Earning the Hornaday award requires scouts to earn all conservation-related merit badges and then plan and execute at least four signficant conservation projects-equal in scope to Eagle Projects.
The Boy Scouts of America have awarded only 1,200 Hornaday medals since 1917 and Steadman is jus the 96th person to receive the Hornaday Silver medal.
Among the work Steadman did in Marlborough is marking of strom drains, part of an educational effort to inform residents abotu water pollution; creation of an interpretive trail at the Mt. Ward Conservation Area; an educational assembly attended by 1,500 students at Whitcomb Middle School; and the construction of boardwalks at The Grove.
Steadman, 17, is the son of Charles and Kim Steadman. He is a 2012 graduate of Marlborough High School and will be attending Brigham Young University-Idaho this fall to study Computer Science.