"We would like you to come to our City Council meeting on Monday and please wear your "Eagle Scout" Uniform." said the City Staff Member.
Although we where curious why the City wanted him to wear a boy scout uniform, as a scouting parent you are kinda used to having to attend many different functions where your son needs to wear a uniform.
Well, last night came around and we noticed a few other high school students at the City Council meeting.
A few minutes later, Mayor Hoyt of Yucaipa had announced the next item on the agenda was the appointment of the new Yucaipa Youth Commission members for the next 12 months for the City of Yucaipa.
Andrew was one of the students that had been appointed on the Yucaipa Youth Commission, to deal with and discuss youth issues with the City Council.
Is this the beginning of a bigger vision of his in serving in public office?
I know his primary goal right now is to be accepted into the United States Naval Academy and becoming an officer in either the Navy or Marines.
They world is oyster to accomplish whatever he decides to do.
I am extremely proud of this young man and his motivation to accomplish his goals.
Today is very special day. Last night, I watched a young confident and
intelligent young man my Son, Andrew, go to Eagle Board of Review.
The Eagle Board of Review is the 2nd most important part of becoming an Eagle Scout, the most important being there Eagle Service Project.
During this board of review, the Life Scout must explain to adults, including those representing the local Council, how he became a scout, what he has done while a scout, how Scouting has helped him in areas outside of Scouting, and how he sought, planned, carried out, and reviewed his service project.
It is an indicator of the scout’s communication, leadership, and self confidence skills.
The scout must do this himself; neither his parents nor his Scoutmaster is allowed to be present during the actual board of review.
So as we drove to the conference, I asked him , “…are you nervous?”
“No, I’m pretty confident.” Andrew said
I was pretty impressed, because I think I was more nervous than he was taking him there.
But considering he has done over 7 board reviews, 7 scoutmaster reviews and 4-5 skills reviews over the last 3 1/2 years, I can understand why he was pretty confident.
I waited patiently for over hour as Committee Chair Eamonn McGloin, Advancement Chair Mr. Wilson, Assistant Scoutmaster Terry Welsh and lastly District Chair Jack Moser, reviewed my son file, his project and then question him about his experience with scouting, around 6:40pm, I see them leaving the building.
I watched my son with a big grin on his face walked towards me and he said “I am a Eagle Scout.”
I gave him a huge hug and whisper in his ear, “I am proud of you, you did it!”
After 3 years and 9 months of hard work, goal setting, hundreds of hours of service projects, over 26 merit badges, over 60+ camping and hiking trips this young boy who admits not wanting to join boy scouts when he went to first meeting. He has achieved the highest award in boy scouts!
Congratulations, Andrew I am truly proud of you!
To all the scouts, parents, parent volunteers, Scoutmasters, and Assistant Scoutmasters with Troop 11 in Redlands who donate hundreds of hours of their time and a special thank you to David Kehrlein and David Leysena, who where Andrews Scout Fathers and mentor who guided him and taught all these years.
As I reflected back to when you first started scouting, I was amazed by how much you have grown, so I had to share two pictures when Andrew first joined scouting. He is going to kill me!
Earlier today I was at the Power House Gym in Yucaipa with my wife, Liz working out after dropping off the kids for school. It had been a while since we had a chance to get to the gym.
As we where working out, listening to the music in background, listing to the grunting and growning of people working out hard and other people talking with each other.
I caught the conversations of two men working out next to us.
“My daughter sports team is practicing everyday, and we have games we travel to every weekend, man weekends are non-stop for us” said one gym dad to the other
“I know what you mean, it seems every weekend where busy as well. Now my daughter taking college exam this weekend, and her grades are pretty high, I hope she does good on that exam, because she will probably get some good scholarships.” Said the other gentleman.
What is funny to me is just 15-20 years ago, these are the type of guys I remember in the gym talking about what an amazing night at the night club and did you see that girl I hooked up with? She was amazing! Man I got drunk last night, I better remember what happen. It was usually about sex, girls, alcohol, having crazy time.
Wow, has the conversations have changed.
I guess I am guilty as charged as well, while doing some dumbbell curls. I was telling Liz, “I hope Andrew does well on his PSAT that he is taking in the morning and I hoped he study enough for his history test this morning.”
What have you noticed that has change? What is your conversations in the gym? I love to hear about it?