Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent. I wish more people had that as their personal mission statement! The Boy Scouts do. I mean, its hard enough to try to live up to all those adjectives, but to be cheerful on top of it all? That’s seriously tough.
The only thing tougher is becoming an Eagle Scout. Only 5% of all kids who start in Scouting attain this prestigious goal. I was honored to attend our neighbor’s ceremony where he received his Eagle Scout Pin and recognition. Not only did they mayor of our town show up, but the Marines showed up and presented the scout with a Kbar knife, our state senator sent him a flag, Jimmy Carter, George Bush Senior, and Chicago Mayor Daily all sent letters of congratulations to be read at the ceremony.
I am very impressed with kids who can pull off the time consuming service project, plus all of the skill building and merit badge requirements on the road to Eagle Scout. It completely cuts down on a kid’s video game time, and face it, Scouting is not perceived to be as chic as it used to be. Eagle Scout is a goal that requires perseverence. And as a parent I am glad to know that a segment of our youth will have a clue how to survive in a disaster, know how to manage difficult projects, and will be trustworthy, loyal, friendly, kind, obedient, and cheerful. Should aliens, fire, earthquakes, or famine strike us, you can be sure that my survival plan starts with crossing the street to the Eagle Scout’s house.