NASHVILLE – The Middle Tennessee Council celebrates 100 years of Eagle Scouts this Sunday, April 29 with a banquet to honor the 323 young men in Middle Tennessee who earned Scouting’s highest rank in the past year.
The event at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center will also recognize 12 local businesses and community leaders with the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor a Scouting Council can bestow upon an adult volunteer.
The importance of the Eagle Scouts program is highlighted in a recent study by Baylor University, which illustrates how the skills and training involved in earning Eagle rank helps improve the health, social lives, and workplace success of young men who became Eagle Scouts in their youth compared to their peers. The study’s results show:
• Eagle Scouts are 55% more likely to hold a leadership position at work and 76% more likely to hold leadership positions in the community.
• Eagle Scouts are 53% more likely to have donated to a religious institution in the past month and 34% more likely to have donated to a non-religious charity.
• Eagle Scouts are 66% more likely to have volunteered at a religious institution in the past month and 62% more likely to have volunteered at a non-religious charity.
• Eagle Scouts are 64% more likely to report achieving a personal goal in the past year and 49% more likely to report achieving a financial goal.
• Eagle Scouts are 90% more likely to have CPR certification, twice as likely to have a specific meeting place for their family in case of an emergency, and 124% more likely to keep a disaster supply kit.
• Eagle Scouts are 39% more likely to read books, 73% more likely to have voted in the lastpresidential election, and 38% more likely to be close to their siblings.
To review the complete study, visit http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/210-045_WB.pdf.
The Silver Beaver is awarded to those who implement the Scouting program and embody its values, including hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and service toothers. This year’s Silver Beaver winners include:
• Steven Dix of Murfreesboro: Eagle Scout, Webelos Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Explorer Advisor, Merit BadgeCounselor, Council Executive Board, Eagle Mentor, Health and Safety Committee.
• Richard A. Drumright of Brentwood: Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Advancement and Camping Committees, Eagle Mentor Recruiter.
• Kenyon M. DuPre of Kingston Springs: Den Leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, District Commissioner and Venturing Chair.
• Deborah Ardary Hannah of Cookeville: Eagle Scout mother, Den leader, troop committee member, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Unit Commissioner, Day Camp Assistant Program Director and Merit Badge Counselor.
• Major General Terry “Max” Haston of Nashville: Eagle Scout father, Merit Badge Counselor, Eagle Board Member, Executive Board Member, Vice President of Administration and Council Jamboree Chairman.
• Victor Moore of Nashville: Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Nashboro District Committee member, Unit Commissioner and Advancement Committee Chairman
• Justin A. Myrick, Sr. ofCookeville: Eagle Scout father, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Troop Chaplain. District Commissioner, Unit Commissioner, Merit Badge Counselor, and Advancement Committee.
• Eugene L. Poe, Jr. of Franklin Den Leader, Webelos Leader, Cubmaster, Charter Representative, Assistant Scoutmaster, District Pinewood Derby Chair, Unit Commissioner, and District Commissioner.
• Bobby Robinson of Sparta: Eagle Scout father, Camping Chair, Roundtable Chair. Council Camping Committee, OLS Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster of Woodbadge.
• Christopher D. Smith of Nashville: Eagle Scout father, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Member and Unit Commissioner, Brotherhood Member of the OA.
• Ward C. Wilson of Brentwood: Den Leader, Committee Member, Committee Chair, Popcorn Chair, Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge District Chair Campaign Chair for the Friends of Scouting. Vice President District Operations, Central Area Vice President, Finance Committee, Membership Committee and Sporting Clays Committee.
• Ray Young, Jr. of Tullahoma: Eagle Scout, Tiger Cub Coach, Wolf Den Leader, Assistant Cub Master, Cubmaster, pack committee member, Merit Badge Counselor, Roundtable Commissioner, Unit Commissioner, District Chairman, FOS Chairman and District Membership Chair, Cub and Family Chairman, Council Activities Chairman.