It is no small feat to earn the prestigious award of Eagle Scout Rank.
This year, Verdery Roberson celebrates the 75th anniversary of becoming one of Georgia’s first African-American Eagle Scouts. His Eagle Scout card is dated 1944 and bears the signature of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America at that time.
“Earning my Eagle Scout Rank is my most favorite Scouting memory,” Roberson explains. “I have have had many opportunities through Scouting, including teaching swimming lessons for many years with the Red Cross.”
Roberson learned about the Scouting program at an early age and was eager to join. His Troop, Troop 20, met near his home in Augusta, GA where he was born and raised.
“Scouting is a wonderful program. It takes the place of a lot of other things and kids should get involved. It is the ideal program for kids – I had a wonderful experience.” Mr. Roberson said.
75 years later, Verdrey Roberson is still very involved in Scouting. He moved to Alabama 11 years after earning his Eagle and serves on the Board of the Greater Alabama Council. He also serves as Advancement Chair for Troop 102, where he has invested his time for almost 30 years.
This badge has remained meaningful to Verdery Roberson throughout his 91 years. Congratulations Mr. Roberson, Eagle Scout – Class of 1944.