Simpsonville Boy Scout Leader to receive the Order of the Palmetto


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Simpsonville Boy Scout Leader to receive the Order of the Palmetto

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Presentation of the BSA National
Outstanding Eagle Scout Award on 
Nov 23, 2015

Boy Scout Troop 159 has received the exciting news from Governor Henry McMaster, that Mr. Charlie Warlick of Simpsonville has been named as a recipient of the South Carolina “Order Of The Palmetto” Award, the highest civilian award bestowed by the Governor and our state!  Mr. Warlick is being honored for his many decades of service to our community through the Boy Scouts of America program here in the Golden Strip area and to all of the scouts that he has mentored through our BSA Troop 159 and the Blue Ridge Boy Scouts of America Council.

You are cordially invited to attend the presentation ceremony to be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2022.  The presentation will be held in the sanctuary of Simpsonville United Methodist Church, located at 215 SE Main Street, in downtown Simpsonville.  There will be a reception following the ceremony for all to meet and reminisce with Mr. Warlick.

If you cannot attend, but would like to send a congratulatory card or letter, please mail it to Mr. Charlie Warlick, c/o Simpsonville United Methodist Church, 215 SE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC  29681.


Nomination of Mr. Charles Kenneth Warlick for the “Order of the Palmetto” Award

By  Richard Koontz

This is humbly presented in support of the nomination of Mr. Charles Kenneth Warlick for the South Carolina “Order of the Palmetto” award, in recognition of his many decades of community service to the youth of the Golden Strip area of Greenville County, the State of South Carolina, and the Boy Scouts of America, and to convey the tremendous impact that he made.  He is a registered Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 159 of the Southbounder District, Blue Ridge Council BSA, headquartered in Greenville, SC.

S458-3.jpgCharlie, as he is known to all, was born on Friday, Nov 13, 1936 in the small rural farming community of Polkville, in Cleveland County, North Carolina, part of the Piedmont Council BSA.  As a youth he enjoyed the usual outdoor activities of camping, hunting and fishing as his main hobbies, and quickly developed a special skill for all of them at an early age.  On his 12th birthday, he joined the Boy Scouts of Polkville Troop 1, the only troop in his community!

As a young scout, Charlie had a strong desire to attend the 1953 Boy Scout National Jamboree being held that year in Irvine, California, having learned about it from his Scoutmaster.  With the strong desire, but being way In those days going to California was not a simple “get on a plane” and be there in 4 or 5 hours.  Charlie’s jamboree adventure lasted more than 3 weeks, as transportation was by train, with 2 of the 3 weeks of the trip involving the train ride, with many stops going and coming, to collect other scouts along the way and to visit national sites between North Carolina and California.  Some of his highlights at the Jamboree as stated by him were scout activity patch trading and hometown memorabilia trading with other scouts, attending arena shows featuring Hollywood entertainment, seeing & feeding Roy Rogers’ horse “Trigger”, meeting young actress Mitzi Gaynor, and even receiving a kiss on the cheek for helping unload her show equipment!  He says he didn’t wash that cheek for the next two weeks!

Charlie earned his Eagle Scout Award, the highest award for a youth in Boy Scouting, on February 8th, 1952, ironically the same date as the 42nd anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America!  In support of his Eagle Award, he earned 92 Merit Badges when the requirement was 21!  His goal was to earn all of the merit badges offered and only fell short by just a few!  These 92 merit badges earned him the additional recognition of 4 Silver Eagle Palms and 1 Gold Eagle Palm.  He continued with the troop until departing for college, first to Gardner Webb College, and then to North Carolina State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.  From there he joined the US Navy, serving during, and participating in, the flotilla in support of the Bay of Pigs Operation.

Following his Navy career, life and business led Charlie to Greenville, SC in the early 1970’s, where he and wife Mattie raised 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughters.  During their teenage years both sons, Mike and David, earned their Boy Scout Eagle Scout Awards and both daughters, Sara and Barbara, earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards!  Both awards are the highest awards in the respective programs. 

When Mike, the oldest son, reached Boy Scout joining age, Charlie took him to his first troop meeting at their church, Simpsonville United Methodist Church.  Upon meeting the Troop’s Scoutmaster that night, Charlie probably identified himself as an Eagle Scout and expressed a casual interest in “helping” the troop as his work schedule would allow.  Before the next week’s troop meeting, Charlie received a letter in the mail from the local Blue Ridge Boy Scout Council office welcoming him as the new Scoutmaster of Troop 159, and he said he never saw the previous Scoutmaster again!  

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February 2019, On the occasion of
having the Blue Ridge Council's
2018 Class of Eagle Scouts named
in Charlie's honor.

Charlie has remained true to that chicken supper promise ever since.  He has given the last 48 years to that very successful endeavor!  He served for 31 years (1974-2005) as Scoutmaster from day one reinvigorating a rather lackluster troop into a very successful and highly decorated Boy Scout Troop 159 in Simpsonville, SC.  

Those chicken suppers have definitely not been forgotten!  During this 48 year career with troop 159, Charlie has taught scouting’s lifelong skills to over 500 young men in Troop 159, and in other troops in the Golden Strip area of the Blue Ridge Council.  To date, he has seen 110 of the scouts in Troop 159 earn their Eagle Scout Award!  Teaching opportunities with other troops came about through the many District Camporees that he either personally led or helped plan & run for the Golden Strip and Blue Ridge Council scouts.  

He took the troop to all 46 South Carolina State Parks and earned the park patches.  Charlie took the troop camping in 7 different states, and on the troop’s marquee weeklong 50 mile canoeing trips on the Suwannee River in Florida 7 times.  Along with all of the scouting and life skills that Charlie teaches to the boys, he is never any happier than when he is sharing his love of fishing and shooting sports with them!

Along the way, Charlie was the very deserving recipient of almost all of BSA’s local, regional, and National recognitions and awards that honor scout leaders.  Those awards include the BSA National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, National BSA Award of Merit, BSA Southbounder District Scouter of the Year several times, and the Southbounder District Scoutmaster of the Year multiple years.  Charlie also received the BSA Silver Beaver Award, and all three of the BSA Order of the Arrow’s  Awards - Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil.  He was honored with the “Will Rowe Memorial Scouting Legacy Award” by the Southbounder District.  From the United Methodist Church he has received their scouting award, the “Cross & Flame Award”, for leadership service to youth.  At the 2018 Annual Banquet of the Blue Ridge Council, that year’s Eagle Scout Class of over 150 Scouts was named in honor of Charlie!

Charlie has also been recognized & honored for his scouting leadership and legacy to scouting by the construction and naming of an Activity Shelter by the scouts and scouters of Troop 159.  The “Charlie Warlick Shelter” is now located in the campsite that the troop uses each year at the Blue Ridge Council’s main camp, Camp Old Indian near Travelers Rest, South Carolina.  The project was completed and the dedication of the shelter was held in June 2012, with his entire family and troop scouts & families in attendance.

Scouts from his troop have gone on to become husbands, fathers, firemen, policemen, doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, graphic artists, military servicemen, US Secret Service agents, FBI special agents, National Park Service Rangers, BSA National High Adventure Base managers, Regional & National Staff of BSA OA Programs, and professional business people of all walks of life.

Charlie has personally been involved in organizing 5 other scout troops in the Simpsonville area!  By the numbers, that’s almost half of the total number of troops currently operating in the Golden Strip towns of Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Fountain Inn today!

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June 27, 2012, Dedication day for the “Charlie Warlick
shelter at BSA Camp Old Indian

Counting back to the day Charlie attended that first troop meeting as a youth so many years ago, he has now shared the Scouting Legacy with “other people at all times” a part of the Boy Scout Oath, for almost 75 years!  Although not actively registered as a BSA member during the years between his personal scouting career and taking over as Scoutmaster, he no doubt was still sharing those scouting skills & leadership learned in that small town troop and influencing those around him during his college, military, and business relationships.  BSA has never had a more ardent supporter of the scouting program and the values, ethics, morals, and qualities he has instilled in so many young men of South Carolina!  Charlie is definitely a man that lives and shares the 3 parts of the Scout Oath – Duty to God & Country, Duty to Others, and finally, Duty to Self.  Likewise, he exemplifies the 12 points of the Scout Law – Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.  

As the author of this submission, I am proud to say that both of my sons have also earned their Eagle Scout Awards and learned so, so, much under the guidance of Charlie Warlick.  As Scoutmaster of Troop 159 following Charlie’s tenure, for the period of 2005 – 2018, and as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the troop from 1991 to the present date, exempting those 12 years as Scoutmaster, I must say that Charlie has been the main inspiration and mentor for myself and hundreds of other fathers who “came to that first troop meeting and just wanted to help”!  

Parents of aged out scouts, time and again, have told me of their realization and appreciation that the troop leadership served the shared role as additional “fathers” in the upbringing of their sons!  This has been especially true for many single mothers.  Charlie takes one and all boys under his wing in this fatherly role!

Charlie’s personality and enthusiasm are so infectious that you just want to be a part of his success!  As Scoutmaster, Charlie was that role model for me, much like a father that one strives to emulate.  What a challenge that was for me to meet my own personal goal to run the troop just as well as Charlie would have done it!  Having shared most of the “Adventures with Charlie” during the past 31 years along the scouting trail, I say humbly and simply, I am forever in his debt.■

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