In Boy Scouts they teach some basic rules to live by:

  • Scout Motto – “Be Prepared”
  • Scout Slogan – “Do a good turn daily”
  • Scout Oath – “Duty to God”, “Help people”, “Physically strong”,”Mentally awake”,”Morally straight”
  • Scout Law – “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent”

The Scouting program also teaches some important life skills:

  • Citizenship
  • Knot tying
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • First Aid
  • Teamwork
  • Orienteering
  • Cooking
  • Fire building
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Communication
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Science
  • Personal Management

 

If a scout manages their time effectively, they can earn the greatest honor in scouting, the rank of Eagle.  Many scouts who have achieved this rank do not realize it at the time, but once you’re an Eagle you’re always an Eagle.  They have been trained to be successful leaders.  Many Eagles go on to college, some become leaders in their community, some serve their country, some become entrepreneurs and others enter the workforce in their chosen career.  Even though they may take a break from scouting for a few years while getting their higher education, they eventually come back to the scouting program and serve as adult leaders.

Eagle Rank

I am one of those people.  I earned the rank of Eagle before my 18th birthday.  When my boys were old enough to be in the scouting program, I became an adult leader.  This has been a very rewarding experience.  Two of my sons have also earned the rank of Eagle.  I can’t wait to see what they will do in the future. My guess, is after they have settled down and have kids of their own, they will become adult leaders and probably want me to join in the fun.

Till next time, remember Eagles are forever