Boy Scout Troop 553 has a pretty proud tradition of ‘graduating’ an Eagle Scout every year or so. Yesterday we had the extreme pleasure of celebrating three scouts earning their Eagle rank. It really is quite impressive to hear the accomplishments of these
boys young men. Between the three of these guys, hundreds of miles of hiking, scores of nights camping, trips to the BSA high adventure camps with more hiking and camping and canoeing… and lots of leadership.
It’s not just the accomplishments on display that are impressive… we get to hear from these young men themselves… speaking words of gratitude to their leaders, mentors, parents and fellow scouts. They receive gifts: Flags flown over the White House. Letters from Senators and other dignitaries… and they give gifts of appreciation to their mentors and parents.
It really is hard not to get choked up every time one of these young men moves to the podium and addresses the group in attendance. These young men should be proud of their accomplishments. They generally don’t like to be the center of attention though.. they’d rather not hear their leaders and mentors talk about them and what they’ve done… Humility isn’t officially a requirement of an Eagle Scout… but it always seems to come quite naturally to these young men.
Congratulations to Sean, Andrew & Jason!
What’s it take to be an Eagle Scout?
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, a Boy Scout must: Progress through the all ranks from Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle • Earn 21 merit badges, including: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Camping, Family Life, Personal Management, Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving, Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming. They must serve six months in a troop leadership position. Plan, develop, and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.