A Star Scout as a boy, I never missed a meeting or camping trip. Only a handful of scouts became Eagles in our rural area, but Scouting was the best experience a boy could have. Besides, there was no way I was ever going to obtain Lifesaving merit badge, a "must have" requirement in those days. I have been a registered scout and scouter for 58 years, joining Cubs when I was eight years old. I wasn't registered while in college, but joined A Phi O fraternity (a scouting affiliated, but not officially recognized organization). In Scouting, you name it, I've done it. Still doing it! Along the way I raised two Eagle Scout sons and my best railfan and O-guage buddy, my grandson, is waiting for the weather and the current health crisis to allow him to finish his Eagle Project.
Currently, and for many years I have served as Chairman and now Vice Chair of the local council (NEPA) Eagle Board of Review. Every month I get to meet the finest young men (and soon young women) in the world. To hear them talk about their journey to Eagle and to see how they have grown and matured into fine young adults and good citizens is one of the most rewarding experiences of my scouting career.
Yours, in Scouting,