|Troop 415 Eagle Scouts Corey Hinson, Zavier Mason, and Nigel Truitt|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 17 May 2012 11:45|
BOY SCOUT TROOP 415 CELEBRATES THREE NEW EAGLE SCOUTS
After years of spending time outdoors, serving in leadership positions, giving many hours of community service, and completing rank and merit badge requirements, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn is the Eagle Scout Award. Boy Scout Troop 415 recently hosted Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of three boy scouts- Corey Hinson, Zavier Mason, and Nigel Truitt – who earned the Eagle Scout Award in December 2011.
Corey Hinson is the son of Scoutmaster Darryl L. Hinson and Cynthia Hayes. His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was “A Truck Full of Knowledge.” Corey collected books to give to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, the YWCA of Birmingham and Jessie’s Place for Homeless Women and Children. He is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow, Coosa Lodge – the National Honor Society for Scouts. In 2010 Corey attended both the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico and the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Corey is a senior at Shades Valley High School and plans to join the military reserve/guard and attend college.
Zavier Mason is the son of Gary and Adrienne Mason. His parents both served in leadership roles as assistant scoutmaster and cubmaster. Zavier’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was “GaGa for the Y.” He built an Israeli Dodgeball Pit for the Pelham YMCA.” Zavier is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Coosa Lodge – National Honor Society for Scouts. Zavier participated in National Youth Leadership Training offered by the Greater Alabama Council in 2009. Zavier attended the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia as a member of the Greater Alabama Council’s contingency troop. In 2011 Zavier participated in a 10-day backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Zavier had been a student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. He now lives in Katy, Texas where he is a member of a troop in the Sam Houston Council.
Nigel Truitt is the son of Sonji Truitt Fields and grandson of Robbie McCoy. His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project was “Renovating the Pleasant Grove Library.” Nigel built a new bench, planted new shrubbery, powercleaned existing seating and the general area to accommodate cellphone users and patrons waiting for their rides at the entryway to the library. In 2010 Nigel participated in a 10-day backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. He also attended the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia as a member of the Greater Alabama Council’s contingency troop. He is President of Learning for Life’s Youth Leadership Program in the Greater Alabama Council. Nigel is a senior at Ramsay High School and plans to attend college.
Many scouts have traveled along the “Trail to Eagle” in Boy Scout Troop 415 but only twenty-four (24) of those young men have been recognized as Eagle Scouts by the Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Alabama Council. In order to be considered for the Eagle Scout Award, a boy scout must demonstrate that he lives by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life:
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous,kind, obedient, cheerful thrifty brave clean, and reverent.
A boy scout must earn seven rank badges and 21 merit badges including 11 Eagle-required merit badges, spend a minimum of 20 nights camping outdoors, participate in community service projects, and serve in positions of responsibility in his troop, too. A scout also must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in service project helpful to any religious instititution, any school or his community – also known as an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
Boy Scout Troop 415‘s Eagle Scout Roster by Year
1972 William Thornton
1992 Merritt Fletcher
2000 Clarence Anthony Franklin
2001 Kevin Nash, Jason Pickens, Vaughn Pickens Jr, and Kevin Wheeler
2002 Jason Crowder, Darrin Clark, and Brandon Ragland
2003 Robert W.D. Kinsey and Thomas C. Pendleton, Jr.
2004 Matthew Huff
2005 Martin Morrow and David Peoples
2006 Theodore “Teddy” Harris
2007 Phillip Hudson, B. Carson Pendleton, and Robert “Trey” Young III
2008 Michael Ragland and Joshua Wilson
2011 Corey Hinson, Zavier Mason, and Nigel Truitt
The charter agreement for Boy Scout Troop 415 was renewed with the Boy Scouts of America, Birmingham Area Council, by the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in 1987 after being reorganized under the direction of Reverend John Porter. The registered leaders for the troop were Scoutmaster Dan Wheeler, Assistant Scoutmaster Clarence Franklin, father of Clarence Anthony Franklin ’00, Committee Chairman James Rhand, and Committee Members Darryl L. Hinson, Ray C Minor, Daniel Wheeler, and Percy White.
Boy Scout Troop 415 currently is chartered by Sixth Avenue Baptist Church through the Boys Scouts of America, Greater Alabama Council, Birmingham District. Rev John L. Cantelow III. was called to serve as pastor of the church in 2011. The registered leaders for the troop are Scoutmaster Darryl Hinson; Assistant Scoutmasters Deborah Huff and Kenneth Poole, Sr., Eagle Scout 1981: Charter Organization Representative Robert H.Young, Jr.; Troop Committee Chairman Wanda Ragland; Committee Members Rev. Caralisa Wilson-Farinda, Pamela Steele, Territa Poole, Sonji Truitt, Dennis Hudson, and Deborah Hudson. Three scouts are still on their Trail to Eagle and plan to complete the Eagle Scout requirements in the next twelve months: Star Scout Kenneth Poole, Jr. and Life Scouts Matthew Hudson and Jeremy Scott.
For more information on how to join or charter a 1) Cub Scout Pack for boys ages 7-10, 2) Boy Scout Troop for boys ages 11 to 17, 3) Venturing Crew for boys and girls ages 14-21, 4)Varsity Team for sports-minded boys and girls ages 14-20, or 5) Learning for Life’s Explorers Post for career-minded boys and girls ages 14-20, 6) Learning for Life’s Youth Leadership Program, please contact the Greater Alabama Council at the website www.1bsa.org or call 205-970-0251 or 1-888-490-955. We are especially interested in starting scouting units in area churches, neighborhoods, and organizations interested in working with our youth.