Brian James Stinson of Hendersonville, a member of BSA Troop 413 will receive the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting, at his Court of Honor ceremony on Dec. 1.
He is the son of proud parents Tony and Kay Stinson and proud brother Steven Stinson. He is currently a senior at Hendersonville High School and plans to attend college after his graduation.
Brian began his scouting career when he was five years old with Cub Scout Pack 125, chartered by Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. In Cub Scouts, he made a lot of friends, earned a lot of belt loops and activity badges, and learned many lessons on how to live life and help his fellow scouts and community members. He ended his Cub Scout career by earning all 20 of the activity badges available at the highest Cub Scout rank, Webelo, as well as the Arrow of Light, Cub Scout’s highest honor.
At 12 years old, Brian crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and joined Troop 413, chartered by First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. There, with the aid of his Scoutmasters and fellow Boy Scouts, Brian earned a total of 28 merit badges and served as the Chaplain Aide, Librarian, Scribe, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
He was also nominated and then accepted into the Order of the Arrow, the “Honor Society” of Boy Scouts based on his Troop leadership and dedication to the ideals and values of Scouting. He was also elected by the leaders of his Troop to attend National Youth Leadership Training which trains scouts in advanced leadership principles which he was then able to use and share with his fellow Scouts.
Having successfully completed all of the merit badge and other requirements, his last step to becoming an Eagle Scout was to complete his Eagle Scout project. Brian chose to add games and activity areas to the newly constructed outdoor play area at The King’s Daughters Child Development Center in Madison, Tenn. where he had gone to pre-school. Brian planned what games and activity areas he would build, what materials would be needed, how to obtain the materials through donations and fund-raising, and supervise the construction.
Over a period of six months, working with his scoutmasters and the director of the day care, Brian devised a plan, got it approved by his scoutmasters and the Child Development Center director, and obtained the needed materials. In June, he supervised the construction of a play house, a tire tunnel, a ‘music wall’ consisting of old pots and pans which the children could play with drumsticks tied to the wall, a water table, a sand table, and several rocking toys shaped and painted like animals. Brian continues to be thankful for the assistance of his fellow scouts, scoutmasters, and family in assisting in the construction.
Since Troop 413 began in 2009, 42 scouts had achieved the rank of Eagle before Brian became the 43rd to do so. He is proud to be one of the few who begin scouting to become an Eagle Scout and is grateful to his family, fellow scouts, and scoutmasters for assisting him and encouraging him during his Scouting journey. He has learned the value of friends, family, persistence, and hard work in achieving goals and gained confidence that, having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, he can achieve whatever future life goals he sets.