Charles and Jane Barrell epitomize the values of Boys Scouts of America.
The longtime Culpeper residents were recognized for their dedication and love of the community by being named the 2018 Good Scouts at the 19th Annual Culpeper County Good Scout Award.
Charles moved to Culpeper in the ninth grade and joined Boy Scouts of America Troop 198 where he earned the rank of Life Scout and led a distinguished career as an engineer with the NASA Langley Research Center before going on to found the law firm of Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards. He also served as Culpeper County Attorney for nine years.
Jane is also a native of Culpeper and graduated from Culpeper High School and later the University of Virginia, like Charlie. She served as a math teacher in Hampton, Madison and Orange counties before becoming a qualified Realtor with Wiland & Associates.
Throughout their lives, they have dedicated themselves to making Culpeper a nicer community to live in, through various volunteer efforts.
Charlie serves as the vice chair of Culpeper Wellness Foundation and chair of the Novant UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center and has served for the Culpeper Recreation Club, Culpeper County Library, Culpeper Recreation Foundation and President of F.O.R.E., Inc.
Jane has served on several councils and boards including the Culpeper County Planning Commission, Culpeper County Library (co-chair of the fund drive for the new library), the Culpeper Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and as a Culpeper County election official.
Those efforts all have ties back to the lessons that Charlie learned in the Boy Scouts.
“We’re all here to support the Boy Scouts,” he said accepting the honor. “Boy Scouts for me was a huge part of my life. Scouting is an outlet for kids that’s an alternative to competitive sports.”
The lessons learned through scouts through the scout law- “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent,” helped guide the couple through their volunteer work.
“They both exemplify the spirit of this award through their daily life,” said longtime friend Cathy Dalrymple in introducing the pair. “Being a good neighbor is an art that makes life richer.”
Charlie’s law partner Rex Edwards joked that when he married his wife Cindy he received the greatest wedding gift of all – Charlie and Jane.
“That gift has appreciated with time,” he said. “They’ve shared their gifts with the community, and one of the risks of being unassuming is being under appreciated.”
He noted that the Good Scouts honor was a well-deserved one and one that should spotlight their years of dedication.