Local Scouts earn Eagle badges


First Posted: 3/8/2011

LUMBERTON — Eight local Boy Scouts were recently awarded their Eagle Scout badges, and a Lumberton man received the Boy Scouts’ highest award for a volunteer.

They Scouts are: Pieter Monteiro; Steven Kirby; Justin Milstein; Zach Whitley; David Butler; David Britt; Matthew Cabral; Daniel Harper; and Will Britt. All are members of Troop 33, which is sponsored by First Baptist Church in Lumberton

“It’s a really difficult challenge to meet, to meet all the requirements and get your project done while balancing everything else in life,” said Will Robertson, the district executive for the Lumber River District of Boy Scouts. “Usually it takes a strong parent to guide and help that person as well as a good scout leader to guide them along and keep them on task. It places a lot of responsibility on the Scout.

“I think one of the great aspects of the Eagle Scout is how it emphasizes community service,” Robertson said.

Also during the ceremony, which was held on Feb. 6 at First Baptist Church, Jerry Johnson, a Lumberton resident, was awarded the Silver Beaver award — the highest award for a Boy Scout volunteer.

“I was totally shocked because I thought I was going to help my brother-in-law celebrate an award he got,” Johnson said. “I was honored. I was an Eagle Scout, so I really support scouting.”

Robertson cited Johnson’s contributions during the past 15 years, including saving the council more than $60,000 on cars, serving on the council’s executive board for eight years, serving as the county chairman for the Investment in Character Campaign twice, and sponsoring events.

“It’s the longevity of his impact,” Robertson said.

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