History of Trinity United Methodist Church, Poquoson, Virginia: 1882-1982, Part 3 of 3.
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Scouting, both boys and girls units, has been supported by Trinity for many years. A meeting place has been supplied free of charge for each troop sponsored by the church. Early leaders included Clyde Edwards, Ben Wilson Jr., Clarence Evans, Gene Rollins, Prior McPherson, H. G. Forrest Jr., J. W. Diggs, for the boys and Mrs. B. C. (Dorothy) Smith and Mrs. Herman (Irene) Forrest for the girls. Both groups were church and community service oriented. Girls who reached the top rank of Girl Scout achievement included Nancy Burton, Amy Burcher, Teresa Joyner and Libby Forrest. That beautiful thicket of pine saplings in the "Big Marsh", visible from Poquoson Avenue to the east of Lawson road, includes many of the hundreds of seedlings planted by Boy Scout Troop 51 in the early 1960's. Troop 51 granted its first God and Country awards to Mike Herring, Bill and Mark Forrest. Among troop members achieving the Earle award were Dewey Wesley Evans, Essie Ward Jr., Kenneth Forrest, Johnie Shepard and Mark Forrest. The latter was the first to receive this award and he later earned a palm leaf to attach to his Eagle medal. Pryor McPherson, one of Mark's favorite people, kept "forgetting the name of that bird" and referred to Mark as the "troop buzzard", to the young Scout's delight. 63