An Eagle’s Promise

This evening I was honored to attend a BSA Court of Honor where a young man from Troop 115 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. This exceptional young man was the second in his family to follow his father’s example as an Eagle Scout and has lived his life in a most exemplary manner. I was touched to see the tender moment when this young man hugged his mother and the joy in her eyes to see her son reach this goal.

I was pleased to witness that scouting continues to be about the young men embracing a value system, striving for something good and living their life as they follow the scout law…

“A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

Tonight was not about political platforms nor policy, but simply about recognizing the efforts of a remarkable young man who has grown from a boy to a man and while doing so attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

For all Eagle Scouts young and old, we are reminded that our journey as an Eagle Scout does not end, but rather that we should live our lives as adults following this Eagle Promise…

” I reaffirm my allegiance to the three promises of the scout oath. I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself the obligations and responsibilities of an Eagle Scout.

On my honor I will do my best to make my training and example, my rank and my influence, count strongly for better scouting and for better citizenship in my troop, in my community, and in my contacts with other people.

To this I pledge my sacred honor.”

I am thankful to those parents and leaders who support scouting and work together to develop our youth into tomorrow’s leaders. Scouting matters!

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