Soon to be 18-year-old Colby Snyder, a senior at Dale High School, has been a Boy Scout for less than two years and is already receiving the organization's highest badge, rank and honor.

Colby explained his band director, Nick Noble approached him with a service project involving the University Baptist Church.

"It was putting in benches at his church for his court yard and he told his pastor he had the right just for that and he came up to me and asked me if I could do it," Colby said. "So it took me a little bit to get it started but once I finally did it started to come together pretty (well)."

Noble and the University Baptist Church helped fund Colby's project which he said took about 60 hours.

"It was a lot of hard work and a lot of people helping out and I'm thankful for that," Colby said.

"I had a lot of help from Boy Scouts, family members and friends."

Colby said his mom, Dee Dee, encouraged him to join Boy Scouts after she became a Cub Scout den mother for his two little brothers. He said she also motivated him to go for his Eagle Scout badge.

Since then he has worked nonstop to get badges, his service project finished and other such requirements needed before his eighteenth birthday March 28.

"I've only been in Boy Scouts for about 18 months. Most people didn't think I could do it this quick because you have to be in Boy Scouts for at least 17 months to get your Eagle Scout," Colby said. "I've been on a tight schedule but we've been getting it done as fast as we (can)."

In his short time in Troop 408 Colby has earned 27 badges which is well past the 13 badges required for Eagle Scout rank.

Dee Dee said even though he didn't have much time she believed in Colby and his determination.

"I had faith in Colby but I'll tell you what it was challenging. He has worked so hard. I mean it's been a non stop two year process," Dee Dee said. "A lot of kids join when they're 13 and they get extra time but I'm very proud if him. He's the best of the best."

While he hasn't been in Boy Scouts long, he's made some great friends.

"I started off not knowing anyone there so I started getting to know people like Spencer and Max and they're like two of my best friends now." Colby said. "I started getting to like it a lot and doing things with them."

Seventeen-year-old Spencer Sturgill is in Colby's troop and also working on getting his Eagle Scout badge. He said he's proud of Colby's hard work and friendship.

"It's really impressive to see how quickly he joined our troop and got involved with Boy Scouts and how much work he put in to becoming an Eagle," Sturgill said. "He hasn't been around the Troop so long but I've spent a lot of time around him and he's a really great guy, so it really means a lot to me that he considers me one of his best friends."

Colby will be graduating in May and plans to attend Oklahoma Christian University for Biology and hopes to eventually attend the University of Oklahoma for Physical Therapy.

On March 25 Colby and his family turned in his paper work which will then go to the Eagle Scout Board review and soon he will officially receive his Eagle Scout badge.