12/29/2010 - They are more than words to me

posted Jan 7, 2011, 6:02 PM by Paul Diming
Greetings Troop!  Several of our Scouts have been actively working on their final steps towards Eagle Scout rank.  Two of our scouts recently had their projects approved by the Arrohattoc District committee.  Another two scouts have completed their Scoutmaster Conferences and one is holding his Eagle Scout rank Board of Review tonight.

I believe it’s important for me to share with you, particularly our first and second year parents, how incredibly important scouting became and continues to be for our recent Eagle candidates.  From their own words:

Scout 1: “scouting is who I am, it’s in my blood…we’re a scout family”
Scout 2: “you don’t earn Eagle Scout as much as you become an Eagle Scout”
Scout 3: “you can’t separate Eagle Scout from who you are, it becomes part of you”…”I learned the true meaning of the Scout Oath and Law…they are more than words to me”

So how did these Scouts get to this point?  What’s the formula?  How do you inspire your young Scout to reach this goal?

One common denominator every single Eagle Scout has is a devoted family who supported him and his Troop throughout his Scouting career.  Let’s take a closer look at the recent candidate’s home support.

Scout 1 – Parents have been supporting T2860 for over a decade.  Scout 1’s brother is a principle leader at Buckskin Leadership Camp, one of our nations highest recognized youth leadership programs.  Scout 1’s resume would be the envy of any adult with a long list of major leadership accomplishments including commissioning his own Venture unit, an extremely rare youth accomplishment on a national scale.  Scout 1’s father has been and continues to be a principle financial supporter of our Troop.  Scout 1’s mother is always on point with every Troop family event.  I can depend on her to replying back whenever I need help on a task.  Much of what T2860 is today is the direct result of the efforts of Scout 1’s family.

Scout 4 – Father of Scout 4 has stepped up to ASM and front line leadership role.  He is one of four T2860 Life to Eagle coordinators and is a principle leader in the troop.  Scout 4’s mother is always willing to help.  The father’s adult leadership in the troop has significantly inspired both Scout 4 and his brother as they work towards their scouting goals.

Scout 3 – Parents continue to be a principle inspiration supporting Scout 3’s bid for Eagle and have long supported T2860.  As Scout 3 noted last night, “Mom is kind of a pain but I’m extremely thankful for her support”.  Scout 3’s mother frequently communicates with me to stay on top of everything her son needs or she needs to know to support him and his troop.  

Scout 2 – Parents are major T2860 supporters and long term supporters of Scouting.  Scout 2’s father is a T2860 ASM holding the lead role for our Life to Eagle Coordinators.  He is a principle leader for our District, has worked as a unit commissioner, and continues to train and lead on many levels of local and regional Scouting.  

Do you see a pattern here?  It takes a willing Scout, that’s a given.  All I can offer you is that the common element I see in every Eagle candidate, besides a wonderful young man who has worked hard to develop into an Eagle Scout, is a seriously involved parent or parents who helped lead their son’s Troop and his efforts towards his highest Scouting goal.  I’m not saying you all need to be tan shirt wearing front line ASM leaders for your son to be successful in Scouting.  I can offer to you that your son’s best chance of a fully successful scouting career rests principally on how involved you are in his troop and his scouting efforts.  Even with your full support the odds are against him statistically.  

I can’t put you all in the room with an Eagle candidate like Scouts 2 and 3 and have you experience the unbelievable inspiration a young man of their caliber has on those of us honored with helping them take the final steps to Eagle.  I can only assure you, without reservation, that you would not hesitate to do everything in your power to help bring your son to that moment.  

You have a son who is a Scout.  His troop needs you and he needs your support.  It’s not a small thing we’re doing here.  

From their own words, it’s one of the most important achievements of their lives.

Mark Wheeler