Franklin’s Boy Scout Troop #137 has a new Eagle, bringing the troop’s Eagle count to over 190 since the troop’s inception. Seth Peterson was awarded the rank in special ceremonies on July 22 at Franklin’s Heritage Church Christ.
Peterson was awarded the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. After Peterson’s award, it brings the troop’s current Eagle count to more than 190 since its 1975 inception under Scoutmaster John Green (who, at 90 years of age, is still Scoutmaster).
Peterson is the son of Duane and Rebecca Peterson, 18-year-old Seth Duane Peterson is a senior at Lipscomb Academy. He attained 39 badges and 38 camping nights, as well as the Order of the Arrow and God and Country award, on his way to Eagle.
For his Eagle Scout project, Seth led a group of boys that built a fire pit and four benches for Heritage Church of Christ on Lewisburg Pike. The effort took 72.5 hours to complete. Peterson plans to attend Lipscomb University this coming Fall and study to be a Pediatric Surgeon. Peterson is a native of Franklin, his mother also was born in and grew up in the city.
Eagle is the highest rank in Scouting, an honor that only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever attain. Only 1.8 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.