One Scout’s Journey to Eagle and Beyond

It’s a moment Justin Neal will always remember.

He and his family were cleaning up after a banquet held to commemorate his achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. In between sweeping floors and throwing away trash, a man and his son approached Justin.


“He told me that he wanted his son to grow up to be just like me,” Justin remembers. “It shocked me hearing an older guy tell me that.”

It was 2013, and Justin was just 16 years old. He had come a long way since his Scouting journey began in the second grade.

It started out as something to do with his dad who enjoyed outdoor activities. But Justin’s interest fluctuated until the fifth grade when a camping trip reminded him of why he had started. “We set up our own


shooting range and practiced our aim. We built fires and hiked. All of that appealed to me and brought me back.”

It wasn’t always easy to stay involved. Distractions and peer pressure challenged his commitment, especially during middle school.

Neel2“When talking about Scouting with my friends, a lot of them would laugh,” Justin says. “Sports were a big thing. There were misconceptions that Scouting was lame or boring. They thought it wasn’t something to take seriously.”

Justin’s dad and his Scoutmaster helped him stay the course. They encouraged him to look at the bigger picture of what Scouting could teach him and do for his character, especially if he persevered to reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

“They always reiterated the positive impact that could come from me serving as a role model for the younger guys who come after me,” Justin says. “There’s already a small percentage of guys who reach the rank of Eagle Scout and an even smaller percent of minorities. They pushed me to stay focused and remember that.”

But it was about more than achieving rank. “My Scoutmaster put an emphasis not only on finishing merit badges, but making sure we were getting life skills. There were days when he would sit us down and talk to us about school, making sure that we were doing our best.”

As Justin prepared to enter college and applied for scholarships, being identified as an Eagle Scout communicated much more than simply his participation in an extra-curricular activity.

“A lot of people would see ‘Eagle Scout’ on my resume and would look at me in a different light,” Justin says. “They know it is not a rank achieved by many, and that I’m willing to work. They know that a lot of hard work, dedication, and determination goes into it.”

Justin feels better equipped for his future because of the life skills he learned. “Each merit badge requires something different. They taught me things that I carry with me now, like how to speak in front of large crowds, how to manage money, and how to deal with family issues. I learned how to lead under pressure, when things aren’t necessarily going the right direction.”

Neel1Today Justin studies mechanical engineering at North Carolina A & T University. Although he is not sure where he will land professionally, he plans to stay involved in Scouting. “I think my talents are best put to use helping other people reach their potential,” he says.

Because of Scouting, Justin can help other young men experience moments they’ll always remember, too.


Scouting changes lives. One youth, one family, and one neighborhood at a time.

edvideo1I remember the first time I walked into Orange City Elementary School cafeteria in Orange City, Florida to attend my first Cub Scout meeting as a second grader. My parents and I didn’t know anything about a Den or a Cub Scout Pack. We were simply looking for a place to have fun together. A place to build memories and grow our family.

Whether you are registered in a Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or Venturing Crew, I bet you remember the first time you walked into a Scouting meeting or event. It can be overwhelming, exhilarating or both. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) wants to ensure our newest members feel they made the right decision from the start.

Sustaining membership in Scouting at any level depends on new members joining and enjoying experiences that encourage them to stay. When a youth and his family feel welcomed by Scouting, and grow closer as a family unit through Scouting, then they will stay in Scouting. Simply put, the “Director of First Impressions” for the BSA is its neighborhood program, the unit.

To support our units in their annual membership plans, the BSA has designed and launched the volunteer position of New Member Coordinator.


Here’s how your unit can fill this important role:


The New Member Coordinator(s) is appointed by and reports to the Pack/Troop/Crew Committee Chair. Yes, units may have more than one New Member Coordinator. In fact, we encourage a small team (one to three members) to serve as your unit’s Welcome Committee and community recruiters!

New Member Coordinators should focus on:

  1. Sharing the benefits of Scouting.
  2. Develop and share your own Scouting story, showing the impact of Scouting on your family.
  3. Share local examples confirming the fun and value of Scouting to youth, families, and the community.
  4. Promote Scouting benefits through social media and other avenues of communication.
  5. Showcase Scouting through engagement in local community events and service.
  6. Coordinating unit recruitment.
  7. Oversee unit recruitment efforts like joining events, group presentations, and peer-to-peer initiatives.
  8. Appeal to potential youth members and their families through well-designed and widely distributed invitations shared through electronic media, handouts, and personal contacts.
  9. Ensure the unit’s BeAScout pin at is updated. Contact all that email you via this site.
  10. Collaborate with community leaders, particularly in your sponsoring organization, to promote Scouting
  11. Guide the joining and welcoming process for youth and their families.
  12. Help youth and adults to greet newcomers warmly and to establish friendly, enjoyable relationships so that new members form a strong sense of belonging.
  13. Develop a unit welcome packet, electronically and/or in print, to answer frequently asked questions and to provide resource and contact information.
  14. Ensure youth and adult applications, transfers, payments are promptly submitted to the Council office.
  15. Build excitement in the unit program and encourage youth and families to take pride in Scouting accomplishments.
  16. Promote feedback and sharing of ideas through customer satisfaction surveys and other means.

The BSA has designed this webpage  to provide comprehensive resources to support the New Member Coordinator position. The site offers short training videos, webinars, and multiple how-to guides.

We encourage you and your unit to visit this site and engage a New Member Coordinator team today!

Yours in Scouting,

Ed Martin
Scout Executive/CEO
Boy Scouts of America, Old North State Council

Boy Scouts of America welcomed my family with open arms! We love Scouting.

Sunday Spotlight photo for 9.24.2017I must admit when I initially thought about my son, Taj, becoming a Boy Scout, I thought it would be a wonderful way for him to bond with his dad and create memories.  That’s what Boy Scouts is about, right?  Boy, was I wrong! Our Troop welcomed me with open arms and encouraged me to participate with my husband and son.  Before I knew it, I was learning how to build campfires, tie knots, and more.  We were Scouting together as a family and with our new family- Boy Scouts of America. Taj loves Scouting! He says Scouting provides a brotherhood.  Boys teach and learn from one another, look out for each other, and encourage each other to be their best.  BSA is a family we cherish.

-Tonya Raleigh, proud Old North State Council, BSA mom.

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Hurricane Harvey Hometown Heroes


Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9:48 am |Updated: 9:51 am, Wed Sep 6, 2017.

From the Caswell Messenger
Jack and Will Crumpton are both Eagle scouts from Caswell County. Read about how they came to the aide of residents that were in need of rescue from the Texas flood waters.

We all saw on TV the devastation and flooding that Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas and Louisianna. But while we were watching the reports from our dry homes, two local men were waist deep in the murky water while they saved people’s lives.

Jack and Will Crumpton are students at Western Carolina University where they belong to the Bass Fishing Club. “One day our president sent out an email that they are in dire need of help,” remembered Jack. “We all talked about it in a meeting and we decided if we were in that situation we would want others to do the same, we could only imagine what it was like down there. We said, ‘Okay, who’s in?’ and the individuals willing to go raised their hands. Within 24 hours we were on the road. It was like the flip of a switch, we were ready.”

A Go Fund Me page was set up Tuesday to cover their expenses during the trip and within one day they had raised over $4,000. Much of that money will be donated to relief funds to help the victims.

The group of 12 men drove 15 hours on Wednesday towing their four boats to join the other brave volunteers who were gathering in the areas hardest hit by the hurricane.

Jack and Will’s mother, Penny Crumpton, said that she was nervous for their safety but more than that she was proud of her sons. “It’s a mother’s dream to see your children be all that they can be and everything that you’ve taught them to be and to serve the needs of others.”

For the men, the experience was very powerful. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s just devastating to even drive through it,” said Jack on Friday. “As a group we had four boats and 12 guys and we rescued over 40 people the day before yesterday and yesterday.”

Jack explained that the rescue operations were coordinated by a specialized app. “It’s like a CB radio. They would reach out and provide addresses and then guys like us could go to those addresses and see if there were any individuals trapped. When we got there we would pull up to the front door with our boats and ask if they wanted a ride to safety. They were in tears. It was life changing.”

Getting to the addresses was not always a smooth ride as the group had to navigate around debris in the water. “We would just go down the center of the road and you would see a truck completely under the water and all you can see is the hood. We would have to dodge them. There were mailboxes floating in the water you’d have to dodge them. It was dangerous. You don’t know what’s floating up under the water that you can’t see. I mean, there are alligators out there.”

Still the team spent most of the day standing in the dangerous waters, walking the boats along or helping people into them.

“My brother and I rescued three individuals; two elderly women who could hardly walk and their son. We got them out of there, helped them to a truck. I couldn’t imagine what situation they would’ve been in if there were no volunteers there. It scares me to even think about it.”

“One of our boats rescued a 90 year old woman in a wheelchair. The water was up to her feet and she was sitting there helpless. That one rescue made the whole trip worth it,” he continued, explaining that the group always stayed together during the rescues.

The first day the team worked until 10 p.m. and then slept in their trucks at a truck stop. “We stayed around there because we knew we were going to be needed in the morning,” said Jack. “We finished our last rescue for that evening and then we decided that, without knowing the area, we’d better get off the water.  We got to the truck stop slept and then got back at it the next morning until about 4 p.m.”

After finishing the search in that area, the club headed to a local donation distribution center and helped organize and hand out the donations that were then loaded onto trucks to be brought to places in need.

“We slept in that warehouse that night on the cement floor so were all pretty tired,” said Jack. On Friday, the Coast Guard was on the scene with their high water rescue team so the group started on their way back to college and their classes. “We helped so many families, as much as we could, so we felt we would be in the way if we stayed.”

Penny said she thinks it helped that both of their sons were Troop 452 Eagle Scouts. “They are using a lot of their Boy Scout skills and the life skills that they have acquired as good old country folks also. They turned a hobby into an asset to help other people.”

“We are certainly most proud of them,” said Penny. “They deserve all the credit. They are heroes.”




Join the Boy Scouts

From Mary Kate Farley, Scouting Mom:


“We’ve been a Scouting family for 20 years. Our four boys have taken different paths to success in Scouting. They have grown in their ability to lead and work with others. Scouting has provided outdoor adventure and life skills. When I asked my boys what Scouting means to them, they said Scouting takes them out of their comfort zone and helps them overcome challenges using their Scouting experiences. As Scouting leaders, my husband and I have watched our boys grow into young men with character and confidence. Scouting helps you get closer to your children.”

To learn more about scouting in the Old North State Council, Central North Carolina visit:

Boy Scouts of America: Making Positive and Lasting Impacts

By Guest Blogger Julie Powers

“Scouting has changed our lives for the better!” -Sarah, mother of new Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) volunteer leader and parent, Julie, shared this story about the positive impact the Cub Scout program (for boys 5 to 10 years old) had on a mother, Sarah, and the boy she is raising, Shane. There are 111 Cub Scout program locations within the 8-county service area of the Old North State Council, BSA.

shane1When I first met Sarah, she was just short of a wheelchair. She had endured many surgeries, and her children were helping her navigate a room with a cane to keep her from falling. Sarah and her children attended a Cub Scout preview meeting where I was presenting to many parents. Sarah listened to the presentation about the program’s upcoming activities and how following the core values of Scouting could help her boys grow and develop. She asked a question or two and then she was sold. Sarah wanted her family to be a Scouting family.

Sarah has five children. The two teenagers are her step-children, the middle son is her biological child, and the youngest two are her brother’s son and step-son. Sarah and her husband Charles have opened their home and their hearts to these children wanting the best for all of them.

The biological parents of the two youngest boys are not in their everyday lives. The boys, Shane and Korbin, struggle with discipline and have lived their lives with little to no structure. Shane was in trouble at school and saw the principal often.


After the initial Cub Scout preview meeting, Sarah attended our Cub Scout program kick-off and submitted membership applications for her son Carlos and Shane, her brother’s step-son. Sarah told me why she thought Shane could benefit from Scouting: “Shane seemed to have a tough time adjusting to our family’s routine when he came to live with us. I was at a loss for what I could do. I did not know what Cub Scouts was about, but when I heard the Scout Law, it aligned perfectly with what we practice at home.”

The Scout Law teaches youth to live their daily lives by a code of conduct and respect for others. It states: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Shane was not our program’s only Cub Scout struggling with behavioral issues at school. I worked with the principal at the boys’ school to come up with a plan that would lead to success rather than give in to failure. We now have a strong bond between school administration, the boys’ parents, and our Cub Scouts. As a collective Scouting family, we are committed to helping our boys stay on track and reach their goals in school, at home, and in Scouting.

Shane-picture-3And thanks to the Scouting family, Sarah has witnessed Shane grow and mature: “After a couple of months as a Cub Scout, his behavior at home and in school has improved greatly. He learned that his Cub Scout family is one he can rely on in any situation. The pride he has wearing his uniform and walking into a meeting where he is welcome and belongs is written on his face. Scouting has changed our lives for the better!”

Begin your boy’s Scouting adventure today! Visit or phone the Old North State Council program service center at 336-378-9166. We will be happy to assist you and your family!



Cub Scout Earns First Dr. Luis Alvarez Supernova Award in the Old North State Council!

Old North State Council S.T.E.M. Initiative

image2 Jeremiah Workman of Pack 65 in Saxapahaw, NC Receives the Cub Scout Supernova Award

Since the Nova and Supernova Awards program launched in 2012, the Old North State Council has had dozens of Webelos Supernova Awards as well as a couple of Boy Scout Supernova Awards earned throughout the council. But in that much time, we have never had a motivated and determined Cub Scout strive to earn the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award (aka Cub Scout Supernova Award) that only Wolf and Bear Scouts can earn. Until now!

Tonight, I had the honor of awarding the Old North State Council’s first recipient of the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award to Cub Scout (now Webelos Scout) Jeremiah Workman of Pack 65 in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. Jeremiah had to learn about Dr. Luis W. Alvarez and a few other scientists, complete several Cub Scout Adventures, complete a science project…

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