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Scout Salute to Public Service
The Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s
Office award their 2015 Community Service Award to Sergeant Christopher
Community Service is a core value of every police officer.
The mere fact officers come to work every day and work beyond the expectations
of the average citizen in helping their fellow man and guiding the youth within
these communities, which the officer may or may not belong after work, is a
credit to every police officer. Sergeant Christopher Vaden goes far beyond
these normal expectations of a police officer. Sergeant Vaden is dedicated to
helping within the community by not only making it stronger for the present,
but by teaching and mentoring young boys to be responsible, dependable members
of society and to develop the leadership skills and self-reliance one will need
in his adult life.
Sergeant Vaden started in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 2001 through the
Memphis Police Department. He was assigned to Binghampton CoAct and part of the
Weed and Seed Grant required the department to start a BSA Troop. He became the
Scoutmaster of Troop 638 and served in that position until 2003 when he left
Vaden reentered Scouts in 2008 as an assistant den leader with Pack 452,
Arlington, TN, before transferring to BSA Troop 450, Ellendale, TN. He joined
as an assistant Scoutmaster and is currently serving in this capacity in the
Sergeant Vaden is a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. The Order of
the Arrow is the BSA's Honor Society.
Sergeant Vaden spends over 1000 hours a year volunteering with the Boy Scouts
of America. Vaden spends multiple weekend days camping and teaching merit badge
classes. Vaden spends over two weeks of his vacation each year dedicating
himself to the cause of bettering our communitie’s youth. Since Vaden's return
to scouting in 2008, he has had a cumulative volunteering time of approximately
7000 hours of community service. Vaden has actively worked at recruiting others
to volunteer. He often works at getting community leaders to speak to the boys
on specific issues; one example is having Assistant United States Attorney Deb
Ireland speak at the Boy Scout meetings regarding the dangers of the internet,
proper uses, and protocols.
Sergeant Vaden receives no compensation for his volunteerism to the community.
In a day when role models are hard to come by, Sergeant Vaden stands head and
shoulders above the rest and sets a wonderful example for us all to follow.
The following is a list Sgt. Vaden's accomplishments
He has instructed around 75 scouts in Merit Badges.
He is currently a B.S.A. Level 1 Climbing Instructor.
He is a merit badge counselor for the following merit badges:
Reptile and Amphibian Study,
Training results for: Christopher Vaden
Code Course Name Finish Date
A01 New Leader
Specific Training 05/01/2002
SFS Boy Scout
Leader Fast Start 05/01/2002
S11 Intro to
Outdoor Leader Skills 05/01/2002
C70 WEB Den Leader
Fast Start 09/16/2008
C73 WEB Tiger Cub
Den Leader Fast Start 09/16/2008
Protection Training 04/17/2011
WSFS Fast Start: Boy
WSFS WEB Boy Scout
Leader Fast Start 04/17/2011
WA01 This is Scouting
WS74 Climb On
Specific Training 07/28/2011
Specific Training 08/04/2011
SA Safety Afloat 10/10/2011
WS76 Trek Safely 10/10/2011
SSD Safe Swim
Instructor BSA (S75) 06/22/2012
CS31 Cub Scout
Archery Range Officer Training 10/04/2012
CS32 Cub Scout BB Gun
Range Officer Training 10/04/2012
Protection Training 04/04/2013
WS74 Climb On Safely 05/12/2014
WS74 Climb On
Instructor BSA 06/20/2014
SSD Safe Swim
From Indianola, Mississippi, there are Eagle Soaring
for miles across the Southern Region.
These Eagles are young men that are truly making a difference in their
community, on their university campus and serving our country.
Marvin Elder II
Seven young men began cub scouting together
under a Cub master that is still active today, Mary Ann Taylor. She had active and trained den leaders that
helped these boys excel through the cub scouting program. In 1999, Mary Ann crossed over these webelos
into a new troop chartered by Raspberry United Methodist Church and led by
Scoutmaster and son, Victor Smith.
Eagles with all of their
den leaders from the pack.
Marvin, Victor & Lorenzo at KKSR
Victor and his assistants led these 6 boys along the
trail to Eagle. They participated in
campouts, Camporees, weekly meetings, summer camp and even winter camp. They participated in countless numbers of
service hours throughout their years in Scouting.
According to a study by Lou Harris & Associates,
98% of boys with 5 or more years of Scouting graduate from high school and 40%
graduate from college. Scouts, Jerrell Robinson, Victor Smith, II,
Lorenzo Spencer, Andrew Hurst, Nicholas Hurst, Tamarius Roby and Marvin Elder
were all awarded their Eagle Scout badges in March 2009, together just as they
had started together in Cub Scouts.
These Eagle Scouts were the first African American Eagle Scouts in
Indianola. So where are these Eagle
Jerrell Robinson is a 2011 graduate of Mississippi
College. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication, with an emphasis
in Interpersonal and Public Communication. He is currently pursuing a Master's
degree in Public and Corporate Communication. Jerrell is employed a sales and
service representative with Brown Bottling Group. He also volunteers and
works with Pack and Troop 51 of Jackson, Mississippi.
Victor Smith, II is a senior at Alcorn State
University pursuing a degree in Biology with a concentration in Physical Therapy. He currently has a 3.0 grade average and will
graduate with honors in May. Victor
works as an assistant manager at Hibbett Sports. He is also very active on campus and serves
as President of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. Victor wants to pursue a stronger educational
background in order to be able to work in the school system to help motivate
and mold young boys and girls someday.
Lorenzo Spencer, Jr is a graduate of Gentry High School. He is currently a Disc Jockey with a real
passion for music. He is in training to
be a member of the Indianola Fire Department.
When Lorenzo looks back through the years, he remembers that his fellow
scouts became much more than that. They
became brothers and learned how to care for each other. Lorenzo wants to help others and give back to
an organization that has given him so much.
Marvin Elder, II is currently a senior at
Mississippi Valley State University. He
will graduate in May and plans to go to graduate school and pursue a Master’s
degree in Education. Marvin is very
active on campus and serves as the University’s SGA President. He has also served as MVSU Choir President
and Vice-President, Valley Singers President, and Recording Secretary and Chair
for his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.
Nicholas Hurst is currently a junior at Mississippi
Valley State University, Majoring in Applied Technology and Technolgy
Management. He has a 3.5 grade point
average. Nicholas is also very busy on
campus serving as the SGA Representative.
He is also the treasurer for his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. Nicholas plans on graduating in May 2014 and
attending graduate school.
Andrew Hurst is currently working on a MFA in
Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Andrew is pursuing his dream of working at a
design firm or publishing comics around the Atlanta area.
Tamarius Roby graduated from high school and joined
the United States Army National Guard.
Being an Eagle Scout, automatically advanced him in rank and pay. He has been promoted through the past several
years in the National Army. He is
currently a successful recruiter for the National Guard.
Each of these 7 Eagle Scouts are making their mark
on their community, on their campus and serving our country. Through Scouting,
they have learned about commitment and hard work. More importantly, they all live daily by the
Scout Oath and Scout Law. As a result,
all seven of these Eagles Scouts plan on giving back as a volunteer to the Boy
Scouts of America.
Marvin Elder, Victor Smith, Lorenzo Spencer, Andrew Hurst, Nicholas Hurst
Tamarius Roby standing in the back