PROSPERITY — Sixteen-year-old twins Stuart “Mac” Murray and William “Will” Murray received their Eagle Scout badges, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting, Sunday at Wightman United Methodist Church.
“This is an occasion of pride and joy as well as time for serious reflection. If you are ever in any trouble and Will and Mac are around you can count on them,” said Scoutmaster Billy Lindler. “Will and Mac have distinguished themselves through their continued performance of active service. They have trained and practiced their leadership abilities and have trained and practiced in all scout skills.”
Assistant Scoutmaster and Organization Representative James Torrence recited the story One Hundred Scouts.
In the story, Torrence read that 30 scouts out of 100 will drop out in their first year.
“Twelve of the 100 will be from families who have no religious affiliation. Through scouting, these 12 and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church,” Torrence said. “Six of the 100 will enter into the ministry and each of the 100 will learn something from scouting. Many will serve in the military. At least one will use scouting to save another person’s life.”
Torrence added that only four out of the 100 would ever reach the rank of Eagle and at least one will say that they value their Eagle badge over their college degree. He said that many would often find vocation through merit badge work and scouting contacts.
Will and Mac’s father, Jeff Murray, offered his own reflections of his sons’ journey to Eagle Scouts.
He said that when he was first approached about getting Will and Mac involved in Cub Scouts he never knew that he would be getting involved with them, and having more fun than he had ever had in his life.
“In the beginning it was easy to get the boys ready to go to Scouts, they were ready to go. Later on it was a little more difficult and I had to kind of kick them out the door, but I’m not going to do that anymore. I have been involved in more fun, adventurous and action-packed things in the past few years than I ever have in my life, all because of these two young men,” he said.
Rep. Rick Martin presented Will and Mac with certificates and American Flags on behalf of the South Carolina State House and Congressman Ralph Norman to commemorate the receiving of Eagle Scout rank.
“We are here today to honor Will and Mac. They have done something that many young men don’t achieve. There are many young people that I worry about in our state, but I’m not worried about these two young men. Will and Mac have proven their honor, that they carry themselves with dignity and I am personally truly honored to be in their presence,” Martin said.
Will said that with being a twin he and his brother weren’t competitive when it came to earning their Eagle Scout badges, saying they worked together throughout their trail to Eagle Scouts. He also expressed relief to have finally reached the highest rank of scouting.
“It feels very relieving because we’re finally done and we worked really long and hard for this, it feels a lot better,” he said.
He added that the support from their fellow Troop 61 members has also been great.
“It’s amazing to have the family-like support from people you’ve always been around and the people that are around you that have helped you get everything done,” he said.
Reach Kelly Duncan at 803-768-3123 ext. 1868 or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.