At first, public speaking made him nervous, now he's more used to it. He recently gave his talk to a church without his notes, which he had forgotten, he said.
"It was just a real interesting experience," Isaac said.
Eighteen or 19 area schools are helping by collecting food items, he said.
Before Saturday, when he collected items at the Ashton Place Kroger, Isaac had collected a little under 4,700 items. He has until April 15 to collect the rest.
"I'm also going to the Bigley Avenue Foodland on the first Saturday in April so I'm hoping to get a good turn out there too," he said.
Isaac's father, Kevin Abdalla, has been helping out with his son's troop since Isaac started in the Boy Scouts.
When Isaac was a Tiger Cub Scout as a first-grader, he and two other boys collected 1,200 cans of Silly String to send to soldiers in Iraq, who used them when they did house-to-house searches. Houses where the string hung in the air had trip wires in them, Abdalla explained.
"He's been involved with this sort of stuff since he was little," Abdalla said.
It was Abdalla who suggested to his son that if he wanted to become an Eagle, he should earn it sooner than later.
Isaac made his mind up to earn it before high school and now he's set to meet that goal before eighth grade, Abdalla said.
And Abdalla said he was not surprised to hear that Isaac is trying to meet the "huge" goal of collecting 10,000 food items, he said.
"That's my son," Abdalla said.
If you'd like to help Isaac reach his goal, check with your Charleston-area church or school to see if it is collecting cans for him.
A few of them that are: Emmanuel Baptist Church, Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, Stonewall Jackson Middle School and Kenna Elementary.
Isaac is collecting the food items through April 15.Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.