Tate and Trevor Hawkins are twin brothers who share many things in life: their birthday, a bedroom, and the car they take turns driving to school each day. On Sept. 18, at Heights United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant, they shared their Eagle Scout Court of Honor. An Eagle Scout Court of Honor is a Boy Scout ceremony in which the merits of eligibility of Eagle Scout candidates are examined and affirmed and the Scout is awarded the Eagle Scout honor and rank.
Tate and Trevor are members of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 259, in Point Pleasant. They began scouting at age six as Cub Scouts. At age 11, they moved on to Boy Scouts and began their journey on the Eagle Trail. Fewer than 5 percent of Boy Scouts reach the Eagle summit. It is no easy feat. It takes years of commitment to fulfill the requirements of each rank: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and finally, Eagle. As a Scout advances, he must demonstrate progressive knowledge and skills in leadership, service and outdoor skills. He must earn at least 21 merit badges. And to become an Eagle, each Scout must plan, implement, and direct a service project. This must all be completed before the Scout’s 18th birthday.
Along the way, Tate and Trevor shared many adventures: hiking, exploring caves, and camping. Under the direction of their Scoutmaster, Greg Wamsley, and Assistant Scoutmaster, Clifton Gordon, and with their troop, they learned to tie knots, perform first aid, and conserve. They also collected food for food pantries, participated in flag retirement ceremonies, and developed citizenship skills. On accepting their Eagle award, each of the twins shared how Scouting had positively impacted their lives and helped mold them into the young men they are today.
Tate and Trevor each performed Service Projects at the West Virginia State Farm Museum in Mason County. Tate cleared debris, cut brush, and spread gravel on a nature trail at the site. Trevor built and installed benches and birdhouses to enhance the natural habitat and visitor experience along the trail. They each contributed as team members on their brother’s project. As Eagles, Tate and Trevor will continue to serve their troop and Scouting as Assistant Scoutmasters.
The twins are seniors at Point Pleasant High School where they both also perform with the marching band and pole vault for the Track and Field team. They are the sons of Randy and Jennifer Hawkins; maternal grandfather is Jimmie Jeffers of Hurricane, and the late Judy Forth Jeffers; paternal grandparents are Frank and Vietta Hawkins of Bridgeport.
Submitted by Jennifer Hawkins.