Thursday, January 22, 2009
Trail to Eagle Update...
Clear last summer I posted about Mason's advancement toward Eagle scout.
Have I mentioned that I have been recently converted to the scouting program? Well, I have.
Lots of baggage from my youth unloaded (why can't girls go to scout camp? how come we spend so much money for my brother to have a cool scout uniform but no money gets spent for me to have an awesome school uniform -gerbeau jeans-...?). I am new in the gospel of merit badges and scout camps.
Not that this hasn't been a long time coming. When John hiked more than 150 miles with a bunch of scouts in Boise I could see how it changed the lives of those boys. I wanted that for my own son someday. A strong and good man (bunch of men, actually) who would help him stay straight and fly right, and take him from our home and let him live in the great outdoors without getting him lost or killed.
I have wanted that. And now we have it. And I am converted.
This program can make men out of boys. And not just men who can make rope swings out of twine. Men who understand that integrity is not out of date and that honor is worth earning, and keeping.
So enough about my conversion. It's Mason I want to celebrate.
On Teusday Mason received the rank of Life Scout. This is one rank away from becoming an Eagle. It is a hard earned honor. I'm proud of him (and me) for the efforts made to gain it.
Continue with us on the trail to his eagle. Almost to the peak!