Eagle Scouts an able, willing work force

February 20, 2014

To the editor:

As the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 527 in Hamlet, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of eight young men achieve their Eagle Scout rank in the last year and a half.

It has been truly a blessing to watch these young men grow up and achieve this great accomplishment. Some of them have moved on to focus on their education and hobbies while several are still a significant part of our troop and the Boy Scouts of Richmond County.

I am writing you to share with the citizens of Richmond County an issue that I have become aware of while helping these young men transition into productive citizens. It seems that many local business are unable to hire part-time workers under the age of 18 and of those that can, there is little to no work available for these young adults.

Of course, my focus is on the boys of my troop who have reached Eagle Scout, boys who have proven their determination to be productive citizens, but this is also true for all of Richmond County’s young adults. It is difficult to instill in the minds of our youth the importance of a good work ethic if our society cannot provide them the opportunity to experience its benefits.

I’m looking for anyone in Richmond County who can hire young adults under the age of 18 and who would be interested in interviewing these fine young men. Thank you very much for your assistance in helping the young men and women of Richmond County. I can be contacted by email at

Chris Maples