Nine Life Scouters in Franklin have reached the highest rank in Boy Scouting, achieving Eagle Scout and pushing the number of Eagles from Franklin Troop #137 to more than 200 since the troop’s inception in 1975 under Scoutmaster John Green.
The nine awarded such high honor include Will Souers, Eric Smith, Tim Vollmer, Chilson Whittum, Colin Thompson, Ian Matthews, Logan Barber, Wiatt Barber, and Robert Rebholtz.
Projects the scouts completed reaching Eagle status added value to the community such as tables at Jim Warren Park, benches at Centennial High School, birdhouses for The Manor at Steeplechase in Cool Springs, renovating outdoor classroom space at a local elementary school, and building collection boxes through a group called NOOK (Needs of Our Kids) a place to gather necessities for children like socks, underwear, and personal hygiene products.
Eagle is the highest rank in Scouting, an honor that only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever attain. Only 1.7 million Scouts have earned the rank since 1910, when Scouting began in the U.S.
Troop #137 makes a concerted effort to encourage all of its Scouts towards this achievement. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in leadership, service and outdoor skills and must advance through the ranks—Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle, passing specific tests organized by requirements and merit badges. Eagle candidates must earn 21 merit badges, demonstrate proficiency in increasingly more responsible community service and direct an Eagle project that benefits the community.