By HALEY ATKINSON
C-I (Camden, S.C.) Localife editor
The Indian Waters Council of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will hold its 2014 Citizen of the Year for Kershaw County Award Celebration to honor Ed Royall, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Mills Courthouse, 607 South Broad St., Camden. The event will be catered by Aberdeen.
Hank Kerfoot, chairman of the District Friends of Scouting and Jeffrey Graham and Larry Parrish, both members of the District Friends of Scouting, encourage interested sponsors to purchase sponsorship tickets for the event in advance. Tickets can be purchased from Parrish through Monday by calling 960-2934 or by email at email@example.com. Proceeds from the banquet benefit the Indian Waters Council BSA. Royall’s abbreviated biography, below, was provided by Parrish.
Royall was born in Union in 1930. During his early childhood, his family moved often, living in Greenwood, Greenville and eventually movingh in 1939 to a family farm in Mt. Pleasant.
Royall joined the BSA while in Mt. Pleasant. He became a member of Troop 20, sponsored by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Troop 20 camped almost every month, sometimes more. These were the World War II days and scouting gave Royall many chances to improve his stamina, patriotism, ability to survive and he was offered ways to prove his usefulness to himself, his family and the community during those difficult times.
Royall rose to troop leader with Troop 20 and in 1946 earned two prestigious awards -- the God and Country Award and Eagle Scout. Today, he is the oldest living member of that troop.
Also in 1946, Royall served as honorary president of the Charleston Rotary Club for a meeting, setting him on a lifetime partnership with Rotary.
Royall graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1951 and finished law school in 1953. Also in 1953, he married Helen and the two moved to Camden where Royall began practicing law.
Royall has four children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He has been very civic-minded over the years, serving as president of Camden Rotary in 1962 and receiving various community awards over the years. In addition to these accolades, Royall also found time for his church, Grace Episcopal, by serving as Senior Warden and Vestryman.
Royall has also maintained his love for scouting. Upon coming to Camden in 1953, he was asked to assist with Troop 54. He worked with many young men to earn their Eagle badge. With his assistance, Troop 54 had more than 30 boys attain the rank of Eagle.
Graham explained the Citizen of the Year award is given every year to someone who has given back to the community and represents the values of Scouting.
"Ed Royall is committed to his community and to serving Camden," Graham said. "He learned the skills early on through scouting and has been a leader his whole life."
Graham noted that the money raised through sponsorships helps provide equipment and other needed materials for scout troops.
"Scouts teaches you to be self-sufficient, engaged in the community and an active participant in civic organizations," Graham said. "Ed exemplifies this."