Fifteen year old Ben Webster of Troop 244, New River District, Blue Ridge Mountain Council, was selected as the “Leading Lights – Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Youth Award Winner.
The Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation Founded the “Leading Lights Award” in an effort to recognize and promote volunteerism in the aftermath of the events of April 16, 2007. The group seeks to recognize volunteers from all sectors in the New River Valley who are making a community-changing impact and serving as a model to inspire others.
Ben is very active in Boy Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. He volunteers his time as Den Chief to Cub Scout Troop 700 in Snowville. He led Troop games and provided cultural experiences for the Troop. He has worked on many projects through Scouting, including the restoration of the Snowville Cemetery and helping to re-construct a planter at the Snowville Elementary School. Ben was elected as Chapter Chief for the Blue Ridge Order of the Arrow. His leadership extends to 26 Troops in the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, and he works diligently extending his hand of friendship to others interested in Scouting. Ben has also served as Senior Patrol Leader and instructor of his Troop. Ben provided strong leadership for a project aimed at helping some members of Snowville Christian CHurch. He worked with some Virginia Tech students to remove the debris of a house on church property that had been recently torn down. Ben also organized a clean-up day at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. Ten other members of the Order of the Arrow participated in this clean-up project. Ben also volunteers with Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley. He helps with the movning and loading of donated books from community members in order to help raise funds for the organization. Ben volunteers approximately 150 hours of service a year, and has been doing so for three years.