On My Honor…

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Eleven years ago, My lil Brian announced “I wanna join Cub Scouts.” Tiger ScoutOur 2 older boys had both been in scouting, it’s a quality organization, we signed him right up.

Brian liked Cub Scouts, and before long, he was announcing to anyone who would listen “When I get big, I am going to be an Eagle Scout.
Tiger court of honor

I will do my best…

It wasn’t long before his first advancement, where he graduated to Tenderfoot scout. And as the years went by, he kept going to scouts, every meeting, every activity. It was one of his favorite things. and he always kept saying “When I get big, I’m going to be an Eagle Scout”
2009-Manly cake bakeOne highlight was the “manly cake bake” at our annual Cub Scout Banquet. Here is Brian and I with our award winning “Hamburger cake”
To do my duty to God and my country…
2009 Arrow of LightHe kept working, and learning, and advancing through the ranks of Cub Scouts, until he had earned his Arrow of Light, crossed over, and joined Boy Scout Troop 40. He loved Boy Scouts. Unlike Cub Scouts, where Dad was always there, in Boy Scouts he’s on his own. He advanced very quickly, working hard to earn merit badges and ranks.
and to obey the Scout Law;
Twice a year, Troop 40 had a Court of Honor, 2011a very solemn ceremony where the boys were presented with their achievements. He stuck with it all through high school. While Troop 40 is very active, has great leaders, and very high retention, still, in high school many boys interests turn to other things. Brian still loved scouting. All the meetings, all the activities, all the campouts. Always, he said “I’m going to be an Eagle Scout”

To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Just to give an idea of the size of this…
15% of american boys join Cub Scouts, and half earn their Arrow of Light and join Boy Scouts.
6% of Boy Scouts earn their Eagle.
My math skills are lacking, but Eagle Scouts are a very exclusive club. The military gives 2 rank advancements out of boot camp to Eagle Scouts. An Eagle Badge is helpful on a resume, a college application, and many other things. It’s recognized everywhere that Eagles are special.

Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.

On December 9, 2015, our son Brian passed the requirements to be an Eagle Scout.
And I am the proudest Dad there could ever be.
2014 Eagle Scout

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