1910-2010 100 Years of Scouting! New meets old
Well hello there. I can tell you after about 2 weeks of sleeping in a tent I can tell you I have never been happier to sleep in my own bed in my own air conditioned house. However sleeping in a tent without a lot of the comforts of home was defiantly worth it to be able to see and do all that I have done the past two weeks.
These past two weeks I was able to: go scuba diving, trap shooting, meet Tuskegee airmen, build a wooden hammer, meet a medal of honor recipient, go to mass with bishops presiding, here the Secretary of Defense, shake the hands of a three star general, see Switchfoot, Mike Rowe and Shaun White, learn about conservation, forestry and the Marines Corps, see Mount Vernon and meet and talk with scouts and scouters from 38 States, 6 countries and many other things. It has been a blast. I can’t believe it is over.
The 2 Millionth Eagle Scout
Scouter from my birth-town in South Korea!
There were two arena shows that open and close the Jamboree. The key note speakers included, Miss America, Defense Sec. Gates, Mike Rowe, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca and Alex Boylan fellow Eagle Scout and winner of the Amazing Race, and Burton Roberts from Survivor. There is nothing quite like sitting in a arena with 70,000 people and having hundreds of American flags marching in, Army Special Forces Troops parachuting in and a howitzer artillery get shot all while singing the national anthem! I had never felt more patriotic in my life.
The Flag Opening Ceremony
I was glad I was there to celebrate Scouting’s 100th Year! I can not wait to see what the next 100 years are like. I am proud to say that I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 596 in Greendale, WI and a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. I was so very impressed and very humbled by how many accomplished scouts and scouters that were there. NESA or the National Eagle Scout Association had many intresting speakers and authors there to take about their trails to Eagle and how they make the values and morals that scouting teaches to be successful professionals, politicians, astronauts and many other things.
Eagle Scout, Medal of Honnor Recipient Col Leo Thorsness
Nasa Eagle Scouts
If you know an Eagle Scout make sure the next time you see them pat them on the back and if you are an Eagle Scout congrats! If you know a scout leader make sure you thank him or her for volunteering and if you have friends that are scouts encourage them to get their Eagle. Here is a break down of 100 boys that will join scouting based on statistics: 12 will receive their first time religious contact,5 will earn their religious emblem,2 will enter the clergy,18 will develop hobbies which will last a lifetime, 8 will enter a career based on Merit Badges work, 17 will become Scout volunteers,1 will use Scouting skills to save the life of another person, 1 will use Scouting skills to save his own life,28 will continue lifelong hobbies started in Scouting. Two out of every 100 boys that join scouting will attain the rank of Eagle. Some other Eagle scouts you may know include: Sam Walton, James Lovell, Hank Aaron, Gerald Ford, Steven Speilberg, Mike Rowe, Michael Bloomberg, Kirk Chambers and many others.
Traded a hat and a patch for a MP's Hat. Got some Serious Rank!
Only YOU can prevent Forest Fires!
Scouting has helped me in just about everything I have done this far in my life. I know that with the skills Learned in scouting and the the education and experiences I continue to get at the University of St. Thomas I know that things are looking bright in the future.”America would be a poorer place without the Boy Scouts, So Congratulations on a century of merit.” From the August 2nd edition Wall Street Journal. Happy Birthday Boy Scouts of America!
Happy Birthday Boy Scouts of America