Ben Herron set record as Eagle Scout
Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 9:06 pm
The Boy Scouts of America will award Herron his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor ceremony this Sunday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dresden. The public is invited.
Ben Herron of Dresden’s Troop 40 joins his two older brothers, John and Rick Herron, his father Roy Herron, uncle Ben Herron and first cousins, Jim and Richard Herron.
“This is a fantastic achievement. There may be other Tennessee families with seven Eagle Scouts, but if so, we don’t know who they are,” said Tony Haines, West Tennessee Area Council Scout executive and CEO.
Ben, 16, will be a junior at Dresden High School this fall. Ben ranks first in his class and also runs cross country. This summer, though only a rising junior, Ben was selected for and attended the Governor’s School for International Studies at the University of Memphis where he earned college credits.
He is active in the First United Methodist Church of Dresden. He is the son of Nancy and Roy Herron of Dresden.
In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the rank of Eagle, Ben also has earned additional merit badges sufficient for a Bronze Palm, a distinction even fewer Scouts achieve. He also was selected by his peers for the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s “honor society.”
Completion of the Eagle Scout award is actually quite rare. In the 100 years of Scouting in the United States, only about 2 percent of all Scouts have earned Eagle.
Troop 40 Scoutmaster Eddie Capps has helped guide some 36 Scouts to the rank of Eagle since becoming the leader of Troop 40 in 1975. That means an average of only one member of Troop 40 each year achieves this exceptional achievement.
“There’s a board at the Scout cabin that has the name of every Eagle Scout to come from Troop 40 since 1955,” Capps said. “It’ll be nice to put Ben’s name up there with his two brothers’ and his daddy’s.”
The West Tennessee Council reports that in their entire area, all of West Tennessee excluding Memphis, in 2009 only 76 Scouts achieved the Eagle rank.
Each Eagle is required to finish a service project. Ben Herron organized and led fellow Scouts in making improvements near and erecting a dock at a pond at Dresden Elementary and Middle School.
Grandmother Mary Herron, 93, the mother and grandmother of these seven Eagles, says of her youngest grandson, “I’m proud of each of my Eagle Scouts, but none more than Ben. He brings a special joy to the heart of his grandmother whom he loves and takes mighty good care of.”
Serving nearly 2.8 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age at more than 290 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.