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Release Date: August 28,2023

Local Teen Becomes Youngest Female Eagle Scout in the Country

August 24, 2023, AKRON, Ohio – Isabella Grace, 13, recently became the youngest female Eagle Scout in the United States after completing her final project at the Akron Zoo. Grace is a member of Boy Scout Troop 111 North Canton (111-G).

To apply for Eagle Scout rank, Grace accumulated 56 merit badges and was required to complete a community project. As an animal lover, Grace wanted her project to help an Akron Zoo animal and approached the zoo in early 2023.

At the time, the zoo was planning to welcome a new species, Patagonian mara, and was needing to do some remodeling of the former capybara habitat. After discussions with zoo staff, Grace proposed a project to turn the pool in the habitat into a French drain, which would allow the pool to be filled with dirt, clay, mulch and other substrate for the mara to dig. The French drain would allow water to pass through the layers and filter to the drain without debris.

On Sunday, April 23, Grace led her troop to complete the project at the Akron Zoo. In July 2023, Grace officially received her Eagle Scout from Boy Scouts of America.

“It was great working with Isabella,” said Amber Acord, senior facilities & grounds manager at the Akron Zoo. “She worked hard on every phase of the project and she really showed leadership on the work day with her troop. The Patagonian mara moved in the habitat in June and have really loved digging.”

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Summer hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (ages 62+) and $11 for children (ages 2 – 14). Children under two are free and parking is $5. For more information visit or call (330) 375-2550.  

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 1,000 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to connect your life to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.