The Boy Scouts of America spent 2012 celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Arthur Rose Eldred being the first young man to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. In 2012 BSA celebrates a total of 57,976 scouts achieving their Eagle Scout Award. As an Eagle Scout, I am proud to be associated with such an esteemed group of people who also achieved such a rank and thankful for all of those who were instrumental in my scouting experience.
My mother raised 3 sons and all 3 sons earned the rank of Eagle… thank you Mom for your dedication to help us along the path. I am thankful for the Scoutmasters who led the troops for which I belonged. Cliff Barton was Scoutmaster for Redwood Area Council Troop 59 in Eureka, CA and Cliff Steele was Scoutmaster for Mt Lassen Area Council Troop 58 in Chico, CA. Both of these men had a deep love for Scouting and sacrificed so much of their time in support of the troop, the scouts and helping us to live the values taught to us through the BSA program.
My favorite childhood memories include Scouting. I was privileged to attend Scout Camp at Ruth Lake, CA in the Summer, National Scout Jamboree at Fort AP Hill, Virginia, World Scout Jamboree in Calgary, Canada, and a host of camping & hiking events around Northern California. All of these memories are possible due to the support of my parents and the leadership and sacrifice of the adult leaders.
I wish to congratulate the 57, 976 young men who achieved the high rank of Eagle Scout. I also challenge each of you to continue with Scouting and give back to those still on the trail. Serve as a Junior Assistant Scout Master, join the National Eagle Scout Association and plan to continue on as an adult leader. Your example and your dedication to advancing Scouting will serve to help so many aspire to achieve this rank you now celebrate.