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Seven achieve Eagle Scout rank in Franklin

Pictured from left: Kevin Higgins, Zachary Edwards, Kevin Nentwig, Scoutmaster Paul Perutelli, Josh Garrett, Colin Stubblefield, Neal Babb and Bryce Dahl.


Boy Scout Troop 130 of Franklin presented the Eagle rank to seven Scouts on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Berrys Chapel Church of Christ, which sponsors the Troop.

Neal Rogers Babb began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Cub Scout Pack 241 at Walnut Grove Elementary when he was a first grader.  As a Cub Scout, Neal enjoyed the annual float down the Buffalo River, the Pinewood Derby, and selling popcorn. His Cub Scout accomplishments included winning the Natchez Trace District Pinewood Derby and earning the Super-Scouter Award, the Arrow of Light, and the God and Family Award. With 10 friends from Pack 241, Neal joined Troop 130 forming the Pedro Patrol.  He attended four summer camps, served for three years as Den Chief of Pack 241’s Den 2, participated in the National Youth Leadership Training course, served as a staff member for NYLT, participated in the 2010 National Jamboree, and attended Philmont … twice! Some of Neal’s favorite moments came from being at summer camp with friends, eating very good food on the trip to Mr. Atkins’ farm, and even getting lost at Philmont. He has earned 40 merit badges, of which fishing is his favorite. Neal’s Eagle project was building and installing two benches at the North Campus of Franklin First United Methodist Church and landscaping the area around each bench. Neal, 16, is a junior at Franklin High School where he plays French Horn in the Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. Neal has enjoyed being a Scout and is looking forward to giving back to the community. He is the son of Danny and Helen Babb.


Bryce Dahl started his scouting career out as a Wolf Cub in Pack 338 in Memphis, Tenn.  Once he was a Webelo 1 he joined Pack 241 in Franklin.  After being awarded the Arrow of Light, Bryce then had to decide what Troop he would join.  First, he toured Troop 137, “The Barn,” and while it was a fun place, he simply just didn’t fit in. That’s when he visited Troop 130 and found it to be quite appealing and welcoming. Bryce knew this was the place for him and he joined the Falcon Patrol. Swimming was Bryce’s first merit badge at Camp Davy Crocket, where he also earned four other merit badges. From then on all the way to Eagle, Bryce earned 31 merit badges. His favorite merit badge is lifesaving and others he really enjoyed included auto mechanic maintenance, camping, personal fitness, and water sports. Bryce has had some impressive accomplishments while in Boys Scouts, including four summer camps and attending Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Bryce, who is 16, looks forward to being awarded the rank of Eagle and being able to carry that achievement with him for the rest of his life. He is the son of Phil and Janna Dahl.


Zachary Edwards began scouting as a Tiger Cub at Walnut Grove Elementary Pack 241 where he earned the Arrow of Light Award. He joined Troop 130’s Pedro Patrol and earned 30 merit badges, his two favorite being Wilderness Survival and Backpacking. He held several leadership positions, including Patrol Leader and Troop Chaplin. He participated in many scouting activities, his most memorable, backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  For his Eagle Service Project, Zachary led volunteers in building a pathway for Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ Preschool. The pathway was created so the children can walk safely to the playground and enjoy the surrounding memorial garden. Zachary’s desire was to give something back to the children of our community; as well as, to say thank you to Berry’s Chapel Church, which has given so much to Troop 130. Zachary is a junior at Franklin High School where he participates in the band, plays rugby, and is in the Honors Program. He attends Christ Community Church where he is involved with the youth group and volunteers as a youth discipleship leader for middle school boys. Zachary, who is 16, would like to thank the many leaders that have guided him through this rewarding experience.  Proud parents are Ken and Janet Edwards.


Josh Garrett began scouting as a Tiger Cub at Grassland Elementary Pack 298 in 2002 and earned the Arrow of Light award in 2007. As a Webelo he was awarded the Joyful Servant religious emblem for churches of Christ. Josh joined Boy Scout Troop 130 in 2007 and has been an active member of the Falcon Patrol and has earned more than 30 merit badges. As a Boy Scout, Josh has served in several leadership positions, including Chaplain, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. He also attended National Youth Leadership Training in 2009. For his Eagle Service Project, Josh planned and made improvements to the Grassland Nature Trail by removing a large pile of debris and re-building picnic tables and constructing a permanent platform for each table. Josh plans to continue his scouting experience by earning bronze, gold and silver Eagle Palms and the Giving Servant religious emblem. Josh, 15, is a sophomore at Franklin High School where he is an Honor Student and has participated in the Franklin High Marching Band. He is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society where he tutors elementary students and performs other community service work. Josh is a member of the Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ Youth Group and assists weekly in the worship services. He enjoys shooting, archery and the outdoors. The son of Tina and Steve Garrett, Josh is contemplating a career in engineering after completing high school.


Kevin Higgins began as a Tiger Cub Scout in Pack 241 at Walnut Grove Elementary and attained the Arrow of Light Award before moving on to Troop 130’s Panther Patrol and earned 26 merit badges, his favorite being fly fishing. Among his achievements: BSA National Youth Leadership Training graduate, World Conservation award, work as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and a high adventure trip to South Dakota and Wyoming.  For His Eagle Scout service project he installed several large shelves at Nashville’s Community Resource Center. A senior at Franklin High School, he plays tuba in the marching and symphonic bands and is co-captain of the ultimate Frisbee team.  He is also a member of Tri-M music honor society and National Honor Society. In the fall, Kevin, who is 18, plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and major in journalism in hopes of one day becoming a sports writer. His favorite memories from Scouts include the many camping trips: backpacking, caving, summer camp, and the trip to South Dakota and Wyoming. Some of his best memories are from Scout trips and he is so thankful for all of his fellow scouts and the adult leaders who made it all possible. He is the son of Chip and Barbara Higgins.


Kevin Nentwig began scouting with Cub Scout Pack 241 at Walnut Grove Elementary School and earned his Arrow of Light Award as a Webelo. He enjoyed the camping and canoeing trips, as well as the Pinewood Derby. After completing Cub Scouts, Kevin moved on to the Boy Scout Troop 130 and has earned 30 merit badges. The electronics merit badge has inspired him to pursue his dream to become a computer hardware engineer. As a member of the Panther Patrol, Kevin had the honor of enjoying many outdoor adventures. His favorite experience was backpacking at the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. For his Eagle service project, Kevin helped Saint Matthew Catholic Church clean up Mrs. Minault’s property. Kevin is 18 years old and a senior at Franklin High School. After he graduates from high school, he plans to go to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to study computer and electrical engineering. He is the son of Frank and Margit Nentwig.


Colin Stubblefield is the son of Dwayne and Leanne Stubblefield and the younger brother of two Eagle Scouts. He is 15 years old and a freshman at David Lipscomb High School. He is part of the wrestling team, cross country team, and is part of the freshman chorus.  He earned the Arrow of Light award while in cub scouts. Also, he sold popcorn as a Cub Scout and would place in the top of the Pack; including second place his last year as a Cub Scout, selling $3,000 worth. He participated well in the Pinewood Derby races coming in first in the Pack and Den. When he crossed over he went to Troop 137 for a year then moved to Troop 130. He has been to three Scout camps and several trips with his Patrol, the Pedros. The highlight was attending Philmont last summer, where his favorite memory was looking around on top of Mount Baldy. Colin's favorite merit badge was water sports because he enjoyed being able to water ski for the first time. So far, he has earned 30 merit badges and hopes to earn another five or 10. He is the son of Dwayne and Leanne Stubblefield.


Posted on: 2/10/2012


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