The Boy Scouts is one of the most respected organizations in the Nation. It instills values and life skills in young boys and turns those young boys into young men. The Eagle Scout is the ultimate goal of any boy who enters the scouts but few are able to reach this goal. I am proud to say that I am one of those few who completed the trail to Eagle, earning my Eagle Scout award in June of 2000. It is my belief that the more Eagle Scouts there are in a community the stronger that community. That makes this week a big week for our community.
This week is the recruitment week for Shawnee County Cub Scouts. Every elementary School in Shawnee County is holding a recruitment night this week for boys in grades 1-5 to join the Cub Scouts. Most schools are holding their recruitment on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00PM. The cost is very reasonable as it only costs $10 to sign a boy up for an entire year. It is my hope that every boy at least give the Cub Scouts a try. I understand that this might not be an activity that everyone enjoys, but how do you know unless you try.
There are two main things that lead to a boy being successful in obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. The first is understanding that you do not have to choose sports or other activities OVER Boy Scouts. You can do both! I played sports all year long my entire youth, including varsity sports in High School and I don't know anyone who ONLY did scouts. The second, and most important, is to have excellent parental support. Parents need to understand that scouts is not a babysitting organization. Parents are invited and encouraged to become extremely involved in their Boy's Packs and Troops. I do not have the numbers to back this up but in my experience I have seen a direct correlation between scouts becoming Eagles and their parents being involved.
One last bit of information. There has never been a man walk on the moon who was NOT an Eagle Scout. Think about that for a second.
I hope everyone with a boy in grades 1-5 attends these recruitment nights this week and signs their boys up to start the trail to Eagle Scout.