Teen earns Eagle Scout rank


Carter Blackwelder


From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Carter Blackwelder, a member of Boy Scout Troop 16 in Red Oak, recently was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts of America offers.

Only about 3 percent of Boy Scouts ever attain this prestigious honor. Blackwelder is the 41st Eagle Scout from Troop 16.

To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and completing an Eagle Scout Project.

For his project, Blackwelder constructed a cross and bench gathering area at Faith Christian School. The cross stands 10 feet tall and there are four 8-foot benches. As a graduate of Faith Christian School, he was able to give back to his school, community and Scouts with this project.

“I am thankful to all of those helped me earn the rank of Eagle Scout,” Blackwelder said. “A special thank you to the local businesses that contribute so generously to my project.”

With the help of his Boy Scout troop and friends, Blackwelder was able to complete his project this past spring. Carter had over 418 hours in the construction of his project. After completion, a workbook documenting his project was completed and presented to the Tar River District Eagle board, during which Blackwelder was approved for the rank of Eagle Scout.

In addition to completing his Eagle project, Blackwelder had to hold a leadership position in the troop for the past six months, complete over 21 merit badges and have three references attest that he lives by the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

During Blackwelder’s Scout path, he was selected for and earned The Order of the Arrow which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. He also was selected for and completed the National Youth Leadership Training.

He is the son of Mark and Kim Blackwelder of Rocky Mount.

Troop 16 is chartered and supported by Red Oak United Methodist Church. Troop 16 holds their meeting at Red Oak United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.