On April 17, Chad “Madison” Chilton received his Eagle Scout award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, at an Eagle Court of Honor conducted by Troop 545 at Pine Hill Friends Meeting in Ararat.
The court of honor was opened by Eagle Scout James Hooker, followed by Casey Marion and Weston Payne presenting the flags, Ethan Cummings presenting the Bible and Christopher Holshouser presenting the candle.
The Eagle ceremony was led by Scout Master Donnie Diamont with the Eagle Challenge stated by Ronnie Diamont. A poem was read by Chilton’s sister, Morgan Chilton. Comments were given by his parents and the Eagle presentation by Troop Committee Chairman Dan Stone.
Chilton began scouting in second grade with Cub Scout Pack 561 and advanced to Webelos at Fairview Methodist Church. Then he crossed over into Boy Scouts with Troop 545 in 2007. Two years later, he received the Order of the Arrow from the Wahissa Lodge 118 at Raven Knob.
Chilton is a member of Pine Hill Friends Meeting which led him to do a project with a benefit for his church members and community. His Eagle Scout project consisted of a 30-foot flag pole, monument and landscaping. The monument reads “This flag stands in honor of past and present veterans of Pine Hill Friends Meeting and our community service men and women that have dedicated their lives for freedom.” The flag is visible behind Pine Hill Friends Meeting at the corner of Highway 268 and Eldora Road.
Chilton is a freshman at East Surry High School where he is a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams.
He is the son of Chad and April Chilton. He is also the grandson of Scotty and Peggy Lawson of Pilot Mountain, Olivia Wilson of North Myrtle Beach, and Marion H. Chilton, Jr. “Sonny” and Linda Chilton of Ararat.