Brown Celebrates 50 Years with BSA

Brown Celebrates 50 Years with BSA

Senator Steve Livingston presented Scoutmaster Don Brown with a Proclamation for being the longest-serving Scoutmaster with one troop at the reception held to honor Brown. Marla Jones|Southern Torch

Marla Jones, Managing Editor

GERALDINE, Ala.-- On Saturday, March 4, Scoutmaster Don Brown of Troop 96 was honored with a reception commemorating his fifty years of service to the Boys Scouts of America.

In his fifty years of service, Brown has had 105 scouts receive the coveted Eagle Scout rank. 

An Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable within the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America. Since it began in the early 20th century, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank, equating to over 2.5 million youths. Those who earn this rank are eligible to join the National Eagle Scout Association.  

President Gerald Ford was the only U.S. President that was awarded the  Eagle Scout rank. Many who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank have gone on to achieve great things, including Hank Aaron, former Walmart CEO Sam Walton, and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Brown first became a scoutmaster on March 20, 1973. His first Eagle Scout was Bruce Wilson, who earned the rank on the sixth anniversary of Brown becoming a scoutmaster. His 105th scout to receive the rank was Rice Mayes in 2021. 

A large crowd of nearly two hundred guests gathered at the Lakeview Community Center to celebrate such a milestone with Brown. Over half of Browns Eagle Scouts attended the reception. 

Senator Steve Livingston presented a proclamation to Scoutmaster Brown for his 50 years of service.  Livingston stated that according to records, Brown is the longest-serving Scoutmaster from one troop in the State of Alabama. 

Brown plans to continue his service with the Boy Scouts of America as long as his health allows  him. 

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