Orange County’s oldest living Eagle Scout turns 100 – Orange County Register

Bob Hayden has witnessed a world of change over the last century – the evolution of the automobile, international air travel, television, the smartphone. Facebook.

One thing hasn’t changed: The Eagle Scout badge that Hayden earned in 1936 while growing up in Long Beach looks pretty much the same as today’s.

Hayden, a resident of San Clemente, turned 100 on Thursday, Sept. 7, recognized by the Boy Scouts of America as the oldest living Eagle Scout in Orange County.

Some 200 people attended a 100th birthday party for him Saturday, Sept. 9, at Talega Golf Club. Among them was Devon Dougherty, chief development officer for the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

“It is absolutely amazing to see his longevity and what he has learned through his life through scouting,” Dougherty said. “There are 700 new Eagle Scouts each year in Orange County. Bob leads the way.”

The Orange County Council of BSA honored Hayden in April as the oldest Eagle in the county. At his birthday party, his Eagle Scout award was on display together with photos of him in his Eagle Scout uniform, his World War II years in the Army, his career as an accountant, family life and travels.

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