Brothers Paul and Ben Tierney of Boy Scout Troop 96 shared their court of honor April 3 at Faith Presbyterian Church with family and friends.
Paul officially earned the rank during the COVID shutdown but did not have the chance to celebrate his achievement. When Ben earned the
rank in February, a joint celebration seemed in order.
Both boys earned the Arrow of Light as Cub Scouts and went on to become
members of the Order of the Arrow, with Paul becoming a Brotherhood Member. The brothers both earned 30+ merit badges and held multiple leadership positions over the years.
Paul received several special awards, including BSA Lifeguard, Polar Bear (2), Snorkeling BSA, 50-Miler (2), NOA Camping Gold, Silver, Bronze and Gold Palm. Additionally, he was a NOAC Delegate in 2015.
Ben also received several special awards, including Polar Bear (2), 50-miler and NOA Camping Gold, Bronze and Gold Palm.
Both boys built structures for Camp Fletcher, a non-profit camp for
underprivileged children in Bessemer. They both raised the money for the
materials, had their plans approved and assembled fellow scouts to help
build the structures.
Paul constructed six, 6-foot-long picnic tables for the pavilion where the children could sit and eat.
Ben constructed six, 6-foot-long benches and a portable gaga pit for games.
Ben is a senior at Heritage Christian Academy and will be headed to join his brother and sister at Auburn University in the fall.