CHESTER — Boy Scout Troop 1829 in Chester held a virtual Eagle Court of Honor recognizing Timothy Weibell, 17, of Centreville, for his achievement of this highest rank.
The ceremony was held in October from his parents home in Centreville, as friends and family members from as far away as Utah and Nevada watched the ceremony.
Tim, as he is known by his friends, watched as Scoutmaster Marc Robinson shared pictures of Tim’s progress through scouting over the years, including many pictures of campouts and high adventure activities. Robinson was followed by Tim’s grandfather, Chris Killian, also of Centreville, sharing stories and showing his own merit badges sash when he was a Scout and earned his Eagle rank. Killian shared the Weibell family has several Eagle scouts in their lineage — Tim’s father, Ben Weibell, and his grandfather Mark Weibell, who resides in Utah, both earned their Eagle rank’s as young men.
Tim joined the rare number of young men who have earned their Eagle, as nationally, only 4% of all young men who join Boy Scouts of America, actually earn the rank, distinguishing themselves in the most positive manner from their peers. The Eagle rank is held in such esteem that all branches of the U.S. military automatically award graduates from respective boot camps a higher pay grade upon entering the military. Many businesses actively look to hire Eagle Scouts.
Among the requirements to earn the Eagle rank, a Scout must progress through other ranks before being eligible to attempt to earn it. The Scout must complete an Eagle Scout Service Project, which must be previously approved by the local Boy Scout Council to be worthy before it can be started. Tim’s Eagle Project was very unique. He chose to electronically map all 3,500 graves at the Chesterfield Cemetery in Centreville. In doing this, he actually photographed every headstone, and visually listed it in a world-wide collection of cemeteries from around the world. This allows people who are doing genealogy work to find where their relatives are buried, if they didn’t know. Chesterfield Cemetery was founded in 1846.
Also, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, most of those “Eagle required”. A merit badge is to learn and develop some degree of competency in different areas of interests, skills, hobbies and possible career fields. Tim earn more than 21 badges, including: reptile studies, *first aid, *swimming, *camping, geology, insect study, archeology, cycling, *personal management, *lifesaving, electronics, *citizenship in the community, *citizenship in the nation, *citizenship in the world, rifle shooting, archery, chemistry, space exploration, photography, robotics, *communications, *environmental science, *cooking, *personal fitness, motor boating, and railroading. (*Designates Eagle required)
Tim said, “My favorite merit badge was Motor boating. I earned it scout camp. Personal Fitness merit badge was the most challenging for me. The badge requires you make and follow a 12-week fitness plan and sticking to any such plan for that length of time is difficult. It took me a couple tries to get it done.”
Among Tim’s most memorable scouting experiences was riding a bicycle along the C & O Canal over 4-days, covering 185 miles. He found it both challenging and fascinating. He said he loved the natural beauty of riding the trail and seeing history along the way.
As part of the Eagle Court of Honor, Tim presented Robinson with an adult mentor’s pin for his leadership in helping and encouraging Tim to complete the Eagle requirements.
Tim graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School with the Class of 2020 where he was a member of the school’s National Honor Society. He also graduated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Early Morning Seminary Program, attending seminary classes before school each day for 4-years, reading and discussing scriptures in detail.
Tim will leave Queen Anne’s soon to serve as a full-time missionary for the next two years. He has been assigned to serve in the Roseville, CA, Spanish speaking mission, near Sacramento.
Troop 1829, was founded in 1997. Tim became the 13th young man to earn the Eagle rank as a member of the troop since it was started 23 years ago.