by Gustavo Gil
"A great deal of the man I am today is because of the values that were cultivated in the boy scouts..."
"Ultimately, the Scout Law remains the best advise
I ever got."
I regard the experience of being a Boy Scout and sticking with it to Eagle as truly transformative for me. I do not say "former" in front of Eagle Scout,
even though I got my Eagle almost 20 years ago, because I do not see it that way, and again, do not know any other Eagles who do either. Sitting more prominently than most of my degrees is a plaque I got for achieving the rank
of Eagle, and it is not just for the fond memories. A great deal of the man I am today is because of the values that were cultivated in the boy scouts, and the confidence and skills I gained going through the multi-year progression of acquiring the rank of Eagle have been indispensable to my education, career, relationships, and identity. Ultimately, the Scout Law remains the best advise
I ever got.
When I started in Troop 75 straight out of Webelos it was not with any of
these ideas in mind. I was mostly interested in making friends and going on some camping trips. Troop 75 more than delivered on those two goals, and
you could say that all the personal growth I experienced was just the bonus.
I built great friendships not only with my peers, but with my adult leaders who served as mentors at a critical phase of my life. Indeed, I try to keep in touch with the latter just as much as the former all these years later. The camping trips became more than just an excuse to get out of the house, and became events where I picked up a variety of interests and skills. While most of my
non-scouting friends can scarcely recall any memorable moments from these years of their lives, I have plenty, and most of them are from the trips and activities we did in Troop 75.
I suppose that is what makes becoming an Eagle such a great ride. The lessons are never forced, or awkward, but come naturally and authentically through practice and experience. You think you are just going to learn how to tie knots but then also learn how to lead a team; you think you are just going to learn how to pitch a tent, but then also learn how build endurance and perseverance. There are dozens of more examples I could provide. Now, the experiences are not always easy, but that is what makes them great. I sincerely hope anyone reading this will be inspired to join Troop 75 and stick with it to Eagle. I have yet to meet one person who regrets it.
Like virtually every Eagle Scout I've met