Special to the Tribune
Weaverville — Scout Troop 15 of Weaverville has presented 85 Eagle Scout Awards since 1940, and 62 in this century. These outstanding Scouts are being recognized by plaques currently on display at Weaverville United Methodist Church, which sponsors the Troop. They can be viewed in the entryway to the Education Building on Main Street.
The first recipient was W.A. Robinson, Jr., whose family recently visited Weaverville United Methodist Church to see his name engraved on the oldest plaque.
Many familiar names from the history of Weaverville are represented on the plaques, including Weaver (Charles and Lawrence in 1963, and Henry in 1968), Barry Shope (1964), Sprinkle (Chris and Larry in 1964) among many others.
Several brothers are also represented since the Troop became very active again in the mid-1990s, including the three Emory brothers (Brent, Johnathan, Matthew), the Williams boys (Nick and Matthew), the three Broadhurst brothers (Nathaniel, Travis Bryan), the Lavezzo boys (David and John), and the Freeman brothers (Bryen and Travis).
“Since the turn of the 21st century, we have had 62 Eagles, with at least one every year, and as many as seven in a single year (2016), with six in another year (2018),” said Rick Broadhurst, who is the Chartered Organization Representative for Weaverville United Methodist Church and Scout Troop 15 in an email. “We had five Eagles each in 2008 and 2012 and even back as far as 1964.”
According to Broadhurst, “nationally, only about 4% of boys who join Scouting ever reach the Eagle rank, although here in the Daniel Boone Council of Western North Carolina, we have approximately 100 Eagle Scouts each year, representing 5-6% of our membership.”
“These Weaverville Eagle Scouts are evidence of the outstanding Scouting program in Troop 15. Many of these young men are in college or early in their careers, and many still live in the area, serving as fathers and leaders in the community, and working as tradesmen, managers, professionals, and in many walks of life,” explained Broadhurst. “Come by Weaverville United Methodist Church to see the plaques and celebrate the achievements of these young men.”
When school starts in the fall, Troop 15 will begin meeting again Mondays at 7 pm at the church.