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Roy Underhill gives time and talent to local Boy Scout troop

Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC – This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts have been celebrating this milestone with great fanfare and hosts of celebrities and politicians have joined the celebration. However, one well known television personality has been quietly preparing to help a local boy scout troop with his unique talents.

Roy Underhill has been hosting “The Woodwrigth’s Shop” on PBS for 30 years. This is the longest running do-it-yourself show on television. Mr. Underhill is also the founder of the nationally acclaimed "Woodwright School" in Pittsboro, NC and is regarded as one of America’s foremost authorities on hand tools and their use. “Woodwright Roy”, as his students know him, saw a unique opportunity to help the boy scouts this year.

As part of the 100th Anniversary of Scouting in America, the Boys Scouts brought back a historic merit badge that was discontinued over 50 years ago. The Carpentry Merit Badge was instituted in 1911, one year after the founding of Boy Scouts of America. It was discontinued over 50 years ago but was revived for this year only as part of the 100th anniversary celebration. This merit badge utilizes hand tools that are no longer commonly available. However, the Woodwright School is the perfect venue for learning these vanishing skills.

Mr. Underhill will be hosting Boy Scout Troop 637, Occonechee Council, from Oxford, NC on December 21, 2010 in a day long, carpentry merit badge workshop. Once completed, the boys will earn a merit badge that will on December 31 of this year, once again, be relegated to history.

Jordan Fudge, a Star Scout and member of Troop 637, commented “Several of our adult leaders are avid woodworkers but they did not have the tools necessary to complete the original merit badge. All the boys are excited about working with Mr. Underhill.” One of the adult leaders commented “Without Mr. Underhill’s efforts, this would not have been a possibility for our boys. Most celebrities would not have cared this much. Mr. Underhill is a genuine hero in our book.”

 
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