Dozens of New Eagle Scouts Honored for More Than 6,000 Hours of Service

46  Eagle Scout Projects Established Sensory Gardens, Rejuvenated High School Auditoriums And Created Accessibility Structures Across Region.

Press Release –

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn — The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America hosted hundreds of attendees this year to honor the accomplishments of the 2023 Eagle Scout Class at the annual Gathering of Eagles. 

The 2023 Eagle Scout Class contributed more than 6,000 hours of service to their local communities through 46 different projects.  This Eagle Scout class is especially exciting as it is just the 3rd in the history of the Cherokee Area Council that includes young women among its recipients.

Top awards were given to three youth for Eagle Scout Projects of the year:

·       Maggi Creel of Cleveland for her project at Cleveland Middle School establishing a Sensory Garden for their Special Needs Classrooms.

·       Carter Perryman of Chattanooga for his project at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts renovating their Auditorium Stage and Orchestra Pit.

·       Eisa Eilertson of Sale Creek for her project at Hearts & Hooves Corral creating an accessibility ramp for those with mobility issues to be able to mount horseback.

The Cherokee Area Council also awarded the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards to adult Eagle Scout Donnie Hutcherson.  This award honors lifetime achievement of Eagle Scouts for their positive actions reflected by accomplishments and devotion to their local community, state, and nation.  

Kevin Akins, Bill Clegg, Jennifer Strand, and Jim Vaughn received the Silver Beaver Award, given for outstanding volunteerism to the local Council.

This dinner served as the Council’s largest, and most important, recognition event for local Scouts and adult volunteers. The event was held on Dec. 7 at the Westin in downtown Chattanooga, the event featured Jed Mescon as Master of Ceremonies with congratulatory remarks from officials from the City of Chattanooga and US Senators Blackburn and Hagerty.  

About the Cherokee Area Council

The Cherokee Area Council has served youth in the greater metro area since 1915. Today the Council serves youth and adults in 11 counties across Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia. Scouting participants enjoy year-round Scouting programs, camps, character building and leadership development activities, civic service, as well as achievement recognition programs.

All local Scouting alumni and interested community members are invited to sign up to receive notices and updates about local Scouting by visiting and completing the form at the bottom of the page.

One thought on “Dozens of New Eagle Scouts Honored for More Than 6,000 Hours of Service

  • December 17, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    This is not the boy scouts. This is the trans scouts. Equality has died in service of equity. All males should boycott all organizations that have been forced to accept this perversion.
    This country has lost its way and must find God again to have a chance at redemption.


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