The Boy Scouts of America, Troop 28 of Chapmanville members and their families gathered together to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of these young men at their formal Court of Honor at the Town of Chapmanville Municipal Building.
The program began with the call to order given by the Chief Cornstalk District Executive, Billy Bryant, that honored troop 28 by informing them that they had earned the highest service award offered in scouting the gold patch, which is to be worn on their uniforms. He also honored Scoutmaster Mike Bledsoe with an award for his leadership and dedication to scouting.
Afterward, Scoutmaster Mike Bledsoe welcomed all guests, family and friends to the ceremony. He then recognized Rev. Bill Runyon from The First Church of Christ as the Scout Troop’s charter organization. Then, Mayor Jerry Price Jr. was honored on behalf of the Town of Chapmanville for their support, kindness and generosity toward the troop. Mike then presented the mayor with the Eagle Scout Plaque that is displayed at the Town Hall. This plaque holds the name of our first Eagle Scout Zebula Vance, the son of Pam and Craig Vance of Chapmanville and now the newest Eagle Scout.
Then the Logan County Clerk John A. Turner introduced the special quest speaker from the LEAD organization US Army Major Richard Ojeda. After his extraordinary, motivated, and true to life presentation and speech, the scouts were recognized for their achievements, merits and rank advancements.
Scouts honored included Liam Jarrells, Roy Tyler Mann, Brandyn Hensley, Andrew Bias, Devin Perry, Logan Adkins, Chance Ooten and Joseph Phipps.
After all of the awards the ceremony ended with the recognition of the troop’s second Eagle Scout, Andrew Bias. He is the son of Terry and Regina Bias, of Pecks Mill. Andrew earned his Eagle Scout recognition for making a difference in his community and making a change in the enviroment by showing pride, honor and repect.
Parents were acknowledged and shown appreciation for their involvement.
At the end of the ceremony, the scoutmaster and leaders praised all the scouts for their accomplishments and individual achievements.
All boys interested in scouting are invited to attend one of our meetings, which are held year round, every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the scout room located at the Town of Chapmanville Municipal building.