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Scouts earn ‘Eagle’

David Michael Allen and Joshua Daniel Zimmer were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor Sunday, March 8. The ceremony, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 59, was held at First Baptist Concord.

Scoutmaster Ken Armstrong acted as Master of Ceremonies with the assistance of other Troop leadership including Don Cordell, Larry Triplett, Cheryl Hair, Myra Rose and Larry Grayson. The Rev. Steve Peek gave the invocation, and Tom Pearl, Joshua’s uncle and Eagle Scout, gave the benediction.

Joshua’s uncle, Eagle Scout, and former Scoutmaster and Scout Executive, David Pearl, gave the keynote address in which he related how the skills learned in scouting carry through into adulthood and into professional life.

David’s Eagle Charge was given by Dr. Dale Hooker, David’s Discipleship leader, and Joshua was given his Eagle Charge by way of video by Cmdr. Robert Witzleb, Joshua’s uncle and an Eagle Scout, who currently is stationed in Italy.

Fred Flenniken, field representative for Congressman John J. “Jimmy” Duncan, presented David and Joshua with an American flag that had been flown over the United States Capital. Additionally, David and Joshua each were presented with the Tennessee Flag and Tennessee Blue Book from Sen. Tim Burchett and Gov. Phil Bredesen and a notebook of congratulatory letters from dignitaries from all walks of life. A reception was held immediately following the ceremony. Highlighting the reception were the tablescapes on each table that represented the different trips and activities in which David and Joshua had participated.

David is the son of Mike and Tammy Allen. He has participated in Scouting from the time he was a Tiger Cub in first-grade as a member of Pack 59 at First Baptist Concord, where he earned the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scout’s highest honor. David crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 59, also at FB Concord, in 2003 and is a member of the Order of the Arrow of Light.

As a Boy Scout, David has had he opportunity to participate in many fun and educational activities. He has participated in multiple summer camps at Camp Buck Toms, canoed more than 50 miles on the Suwannee River in Florida twice and has traveled to the Boundary Waters area in Minnesota for fishing and canoeing twice. He has participated in rock climbing on the Via Ferrata in Torrent Falls, Ky. and has snowboarded at both Winterplace, W.V. and at Cataloochee, N.C.

Additionally, David has participated in numerous Camporee’s, hiking and camping trips. His most memorable trip was to Sea Base at Islamorada, Fla., where he was able to fish, snorkel, trap lobster and sail to Key West.

David currently is a junior at Farragut High School where he has taken both Advanced Placement and Honors classes and has been awarded the TSSAA Award of Merit for the past three years. David plays on both the state ranked Farragut football team and the nationally ranked and 2008 state champion baseball team. Additionally, in the summers, he plays on a competitive travel baseball team and on the Farragut High School “7-on-7” summer football team, which was the 2008 Adidas Regional Winner at The University of Tennessee and competed in the Adidas National Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. and Atlanta, Ga. the past two years. In addition to being an active member of First Baptist Concord, David is active in his youth group and participates in a weekly discipleship group. The past two summers he has participated in mission trips to New Orleans, La. and Hoboken, N.J with his youth group. David’s goal is to work with computers and he is considering majoring in electrical engineering in college.

David’s Eagle project was a more than 200-hour project in which he led the construction of a sidewalk for his church. The sidewalk proved quite beneficial as it was used as the primary entrance for one of the church buildings during the construction of the new student building.

Joshua is the son of Robin and Terry Zimmer and is the fifth Eagle Scout in his family. He joined Boy Scout Troop 59 at FB Concord in February of 2003, while he was in the fifth-grade, and later became a member of the Order of the Arrow. With Troop 59, Josh was able to participate in a great many adventures. His first summer camp was in 2003 in the Dan Beard program at Camp Buck Toms. He spent many weeks at CBT learning various outdoor skills and earning his merit badges. He also had the opportunity of canoeing more than 50 miles of the Suwannee River on two separate occasions, fishing and canoeing twice in Minnesota at the Boundary Waters, snowboarding at Winterplace, rock climbing on the Via Ferrata in Torrent Falls, Ky., hiking Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains, and has participated in numerous Camporee’s, hiking and camping trips. His favorite experience was to sail, snorkel and trap lobster at Sea Base Camp in Islamorada, Fla.

Joshua currently is a junior at Farragut High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society, French Club and the state champion baseball team. He is an active member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, and regularly attends Young Life and Campaigners. 

Joshua’s Eagle Project was to lead a crew in the renovation of the wooden baseball bleachers at Farragut High School. The new metal bleachers are both safe and attractive, and should serve the fans for years to come. In addition to helping his team and school, Joshua learned invaluable life skills that he would not have had the chance to learn outside of scouting.


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