Harrison’s love of the outdoors was sparked during his time as a Boy Scout, while pursuing his Eagle Scout award. Though he has since aged out of the program, Harrison spends his summers at Philmont Scout Ranch, Scouting’s crown jewel of high adventure camps, guiding youth and adults alike through New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Teaching others about conservation, good camping practices, and the environment is one of his many passions.

He is currently balancing being a student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville with his adventures, including section hikes of the Appalachian Trail. Harrison hopes to graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering and to eventually work for the Forest Service as a wildfire ecologist or restoration ecologist.

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