A Flock of Eagles
Mention Eagles and almost everyone I may know thinks about the National Symbol. I think about Boy Scouts. Eagles are made symbols of nations and are at the top of the Raptor food chain. Boy Scouts are tricked into learning leadership and service to others and shown by Adult mentors what a belief in God and a life of service to others means. The promise of Scouting-
The 11th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook from 1998. On page 1 is tells the Scout:
Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America, SCOUTING promises you the great outdoors. As a Scout, you can learn how to camp and hike without leaving a trace and how to take care of the land. You’ll study wildlife up close and learn about nature all around you. There are plenty of skills for you to master, and you can teach others what you have learned. Everyone helping everyone else-that’s part of Scouting, too. SCOUTING promises you friendship. Members of the troop you join might be boys you already know, and you will meet many other Scouts along the way. Some could become lifelong friends. SCOUTING promises you opportunities to work toward the Eagle Scout rank. You will set positive goals for yourself and then follow clear routes to achieve them. SCOUTING promises you tools to help you make the most of your family, your community, and your nation. The good deeds you perform every day will improve the lives of those around you. You will be prepared to help others in time of need. SCOUTING promises you experiences and duties that will help you mature into a strong, wise adult. The Scout Oath and the Scout Law can guide you while you are a Scout and throughout your life. Adventure, learning, challenge, responsibility – the promise of Scouting is all this and more.
I speak of the promise because it is for all Scouts. I am talking about Eagle Scouts and we will find out they Flock together. They support each other in service and the projects they have planned. They flock together in the National Order of the Arrow and Local Lodge Wahissa 118. They flock together in service organizations and churches. Brookstown and Vienna Fire Department are both blessed to have large numbers of Eagles and Eagle mentors as members.
Eagles are guided by the adults and youth of the Troop. Clear guidelines for success are present. Adults have input but all Scouts need is in the Scouting HandBook. Sounds similar to the belief in God that is presented to all persons. Everything we need is in the Bible. We are taught and instructed to read the book. The Bible gives us a clear path to Eternal Life. Christians are guided by learned clergy and peers. It is no wonder Many of Scouting’s Chartered Organizations are Churches. Scouting has undergone changes in recent years challenging many to reassess beliefs. Brookstown and Olive Moravian continue to Charter and Support the BSA. You have made a great choice. Scouts will receive the Promise and Eagles will be attained in the Future. Adults will pass on wisdom and support the Youth of America and the World.