Thursday, November 18, 2010

Proud Moment

I have to brag a moment son #3 has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout this week.  It's been a long road, but well worth the commitment on his part and our part as his parents.  I realized that between both our son's becoming Eagle Scouts that we've been part of scouting for 15 years.
Click Here to see Morgan's Eagle Scout Project

Here's some interesting facts regarding scouting:
This has been around quite a while. The number of Scouts who make Eagle changes periodically. The number listed was reported as accurate in 1998. Probably some of the other statistics have changed also, but the impact is still the same.
Of any one hundred boys who become Scouts, it must be confessed that thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this may be regarded as a failure, but later in life, all of these will remember that they had been in Scouting and will speak well of the program.
Of the one hundred, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of the one hundred will be from families that belong to no church. Through Scouting, these twelve and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church and will continue to be active all their lives. Six of the one hundred will become pastors.
Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting, and all will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of their lives. Approximately one-half will serve in the military, and in varying degrees, profit from their Scout training. At least one will use it to save another person's life, and many may credit it for saving their own.
Four of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at least one will later say that he valued his Eagle above his college degree. Many will find their future vocation through merit badge work and Scouting contacts. Seventeen of the one hundred boys will become adult leaders and will give leadership to thousands of additional boys.
One in four boys in America will become Scouts, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders of this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.
This story will never end. Like the 'Golden Pebble' of service dropped into the human sea, it will continue to radiate in ever-widening circles, influencing the characters of men through unending time."
Another way of saying this is:
Of 100 Boys in Scouting -
* Only rarely will one appear in juvenile court.
* 12 will receive their first church contact through Scouting. 
* 5 will receive church religious emblems. 
* 1 will enter the clergy due to his Scouting relationships. 
* 18 will develop hobbies that will give them a lifelong interest. 
* 8 will find their future life vocations. 
* 1 will use Scout skills to save another's life. 
* 1 will credit Scout skills with saving his own life. 
* 2 of the 100 will reach the Eagle Rank. 
* 17 will later become leaders in Scouting and will pass on their skills, inspiration and leadership to countless youth.


  1. Congratulions - I know how proud you must be. My daughter became a Queen's Scout some 7 years ago (in Australia girls can now join Boy Scouts). Scouting has taken her all over Australia to Venturer/Rover Jamborees/Moots, been part of reviews and Gang Show as well as spending some 3 months at Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland doing volunteer work. She has now less than one year to go in Rovers but will continue being involved with scouting. The friendships she has made will be with her forever. Once again, congratulations...Gaye

  2. Congratulations to all of you!! Tell Morgan I said congratulations ok? Totally fantastic this is :) And yay for you getting that 2 out of 100! Good job Mom!

  3. Wow, Grats to your son! Great job and commitment on his part and that of your family. The scouting facts are very interesting. I was a girl scout and an adult scout. I had my own troop for a year. It's hard work! I was just thinking with all those statistics that it's time I encourage my granddaughters to try scouting. No boys in this family, lol. I love scouting and I know how hard it was to work for badges, etc. Grats again to a proud Mom!

  4. What a handsome son you have! I know you are very proud. Becoming an Eagle Scout is no small feat.

  5. Congrats- that is quite an accomplishment. Job well done. I believe that it WILL make a difference in his life & the lives of others. ;-)