For me, the love of Scouting goes back to when I was eight years old as a Cub. At 18, I just barely missed making Eagle, the highest rank in Scouting, but that’s another story. I am certainly part of a Scouting family, too. My wife, Barb, is a First Class Girl Scout, the highest rank in Girl Scouts. My son, Rob, made Eagle, and my daughter Elyse, made First Class. When my son started Cub Scouts in 1993, I was drawn back in, and I have been active ever since as den leader, scoutmaster, committee chairman, and working on staff at several National Scout Jamborees.
I also completed the highest level of adult Scout leader training in Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Wood Badge. It taught me how to lead Scouting organizations and helped me with many non-Scout-related facets of my work here at Harrisburg Academy and in my life in general.
Did you know that less than 2 percent of all boys who start Boy Scouts make it to the Eagle Scout pinnacle? I am honored to know a number of current Academy students who are now Eagle Scouts or who are close to finishing the Eagle Scout process:
- Cameron Clark ’17
- Devin DePamphilis ’19
- Jonathon Pastor ’17
- Nate Stauffer ’20
- James Thompson ’17 (and Order of the Palm)
Jim Newman, our head of school, has surely congratulated them as fitting, but I also want to recognize their accomplishments for attaining the Scouting pinnacle. Along the way, they had to learn many things that are not typical of a normal school curriculum and persevere through many trials, not the least of which was their Eagle Scout Service Project — which I might add, three of the five chose projects on the Academy’s grounds to beautify, simplify, and help the Academy’s teachers, students, and athletes while the fourth and fifth made substantial contributions to the local children’s non-profit, Caitlin’s Smiles, and grounds improvements to a local community park). This project is the culmination of many projects along their Eagle trail, many of which could be drawn in parallel to much of the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) time that our students complete.
Completing an Eagle Scout Service Project means these Scouts have learned how to plan, lead, and get things done. This highlights the tremendous effort that these students have made in service to the school and to their community, all at the same time juggling their academic and other extracurricular activities. Ask any one of them about their Scouting experience to gain a deeper understanding of what the program means to them, and you will see how Scouting is truly complementary to the mission and values of Harrisburg Academy.
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