It’s been a busy week in my neck of the woods, but a great Scouting week that ended with a Scout in my Troop participating in his Board of Review for the Rank of Eagle Scout.
I had the pleasure of sitting in on his board and remaining relatively quiet. There is a different perspective when you are a fly on the wall versus being the one conducting the interview, conference or discussion. It is a perspective that I look forward to in the future.
So here are some observations that I took home from the Board of Review.
First of all, our unit must be doing something right, this young man demonstrated great poise and character during the discussion. His attitude toward Scouting, leadership, service, and of course the out doors was clearly made known as he answered questions and gave insightful remarks about the Scouting program in general and his Troop.
Next, Scouting is so relevant. This Scout is a Senior in High School and understands the peer pressure that comes with growing up today. He is on the Student Council at his School and plays three sports.. and yeah folks still has time, energy, and pride in and for Scouting. He is an honor student, has a girl friend, and is a popular young man on campus.. and yet Scouting is still cool to him. He has worn his uniform to School.. I did not know that till Friday.. and said that it was one of the toughest things he has ever done. But what he said about living the Scout Oath and Law was what brought warmth to my heart. He said he tries to live it daily.. its hard.. but it is a solid set of rules and guidelines to make the world a better place. And it rubs off on people.
And Finally, these young men are great. I do not want this to be about me (and the ASMs of the Troop), but sitting in the room last Friday night I realized that we have such an impact on these young men. The things that we teach them beyond Knots and First Aid, the life lessons, the character, the.. well you get the point… these young men do get it.
As my Scout sat there Friday night I looked at him and flashed back to when I first met him. He was 10 years old. He had a round little face and bounced off trees. Then over the years I watched him spread his wings a bit. He became active in School, he was in ceremonials with the OA and later a Chapter Chief. He served on Lodge committees, he was an SPL, he backpacked in Shasta and worked with Arrow Corps 5, he went to Jamboree and had a ball.
Looking back, I watched him grow into a fine young man.
He is but one of the many that we watch grow in Scouting. The right combination of Scouts and Adult mentoring makes a big difference.
To start the Board of Review some one on the panel asked him to look at the back cover of his Scout Handbook. He said there are three words there. what are they?
Citizenship, Character and Fitness.. the man on the Board asked if Scouting was doing that? The answer.. Yes.
Have a Great Scouting Day!