Joe, Colin, Ben, Clay, Thomas, Daniel on the summit of Mt. Blady (12,441 ft) ~Philmont Scout Ranch ~ 2014
A few weeks ago I had the honor as Scoutmaster of presiding over 6 of our Troop’s Boy Scouts receiving the rank of Eagle. All 6 participated together as a crew on their Philmont Scout Ranch High Adventure back in the summer of 2014. So each patiently waited for the other to complete all the necessary requirements for Eagle so that they might accept the Eagle Challenge and their medals together.
Of the 6 boys on stage, four I had known since they first became Tiger Cubs (Thomas, Colin, Clay and Daniel). The same four I had coached in soccer at one time or another in their adolescents. Two of those four (Thomas and Clay) I had known as toddlers as their older brothers were in the scouting program with my oldest son. Along came 5th grade and the other two (Ben and Joe) joined our Troop in a Scout crossover ceremony (from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts).
As part of the Eagle application process, each is required to write a summary of their Ambitions and Life Purpose to include any awards or achievements they earned outside of scouting.
This is by far my favorite part as it allows me to get an insight into their lives outside of Scouting. I am always amazed at the great things our Eagle Scouts are able to achieve while balancing academics, extracurricular activities, sports, and their social lives. Additionally, I love to read about their dreams and where they see themselves as they grow into adulthood.
Of these six Eagle Scouts;
All plan to attend a college or University,
All plan to stay active in their communities as good citizens,
Two plan to pursue military interests; Navy and Marine Corps,
Two are very involved in drama and may pursue acting,
One plans to join the Foreign Service,
And one plans a career in public service as an elected official.
Between all 6 I counted at least 23 different types of academic awards earned in middle school and high school. All were involved in some sort of charitable volunteerism such as youth groups, work camps, coaching, charity drives, student government, cancer awareness programs, working with special needs children, as well as many other leadership roles. And if a young man ever wondered how he might balance sports with Scouting, I counted at least 9 sports between the 6 boys to include, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, water polo, rugby, football, track, and cross country.
These young men are an excellent example of how Scouting provides the tools and experience to develop good character, citizenship, and physical fitness; the Three Aims of Scouting. Each has certainly set themselves up for success. As a longtime volunteer Scouter, it gives me such a sense of awe and pride to be a part of their Scouting journey.
So spend a few minutes watching these 6 boys grow from the smallest of Tiger Cubs to the handsome fine young men they have become and who truly earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award, the rank of Eagle. Follow along as you see many of the opportunities and adventures the BSA helps to provide all in the effort to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.”