Time with the Boy Scouts of troop 212
Over a year ago I was attending the Westminster fair. It was during the campaign so I was talking with everyone I could. I met a Scoutmaster at their booth. I gave him a card. About a month ago that scoutmaster called and asked if I would come and speak with his troop. Being an eagle scout myself, I thought it a privilege and an honor. I went last night and listened to their anouncements. That troop is very active. They have come up with some very innovative ways of fundraising in these tough times. The troop organizes functions for merit badge prep, summer camp and for many other activities. They are planning a trip to Philmont scout ranch this summer in Cimmaron New Mexico. That experience alone will be an incredible opportunity and a great friend building experience.
I was extremely impressed with this troop. They have about fifteen Life scouts that are working on their Eagle Scout rank. There were two that were currently working on their eagle projects and or have just finished. To have 29 scouts at a meeting with everyone from the very brand new to the very experienced, a troop has to have a lot to offer. The competition for time between video games, television, friends, sports, and so many other activities is tough, but, the leaders of troop 212 have done well in offering a very exciting alternative. It excites me to see a Troop that is thriving this much. They work together with very active parents to ensure the success of the organization.
As I sat there I realized that this meeting night, even though I was the main presentation, was more about what I could do for them and not at all about me as a person or State Representative. It was indeed an honor to spend an hour with these young people. They inspire me in my postion. Their dedication to a distinct goal is beyond determination.
Thank You Bryon and Scouts for allowing me the opportunity to speak with you.