Proud Eagle Scout Papa

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  1. wvridgerunner

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    My oldest son completed his path to Eagle Scout a couple of months ago. He started in the first grade an stayed active in his troop till Eagle. Mom and Dad are very happy and proud of him.
     
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    Congratulations to both you and your son!
     
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    Fellow Eagle here from aways back.

    Being an Eagle Scout will be part--a good part-- of who your son is for the rest of his life.

    Congratulations both to him and to the parents who helped him along his path!
     
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    Quite an accomplishment, he had to work hard for that. :dblthumb:
     
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    PMSteve Old Timey Outdoorsman Supporter

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    Great! Scouting builds character. It didn't work for me, but...

    Steve
     
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    Congratulations, I am proud of him also!!! joe
     
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    Congrats. What was his project?
     
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    Congratulations to all of you.
     
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    Congratulations.
     
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    Congratulations. It was a proud day when my son earned his Eagle. I believe that it was instrumental in his getting into college with a scholarship.
     
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    Congratulations, very impressive!!!
     
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    Congrats to your Son and you.:35::dblthumb::59:
    Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Good going Dad (and Mom too). My son's eagle and related accomplishments lead directly to a state first choice pick appointment to the Air Force Academy, and then becoming an eagle himself (instructor pilot on the F-16 ). Both accomplishments were very young early goals for him. He is now helping his own sons on their paths to eagle.
     
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    Your on bushcraft USA that could be the character it instilled in you
     
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    He cleared 1 acre of brush for the expansion of a local cemetery
     
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    He is driven let's hope
     
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    Wow, great accomplishment. I worked on the F-15 avionics in Desert Storm. Great mentor for a future Eagle Scout.
     
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    :dblthumb:

    Big congrats!

    (My son was a heart-attack Eagle, turned his book in 3 days before he turned 18. But, he got it.)
     
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    That's a big deal. Did he do it alone or get help from other Scouts? Even with help that is a lot of area to clear.

    My son's project was a ~60' bog bridge in preserve woods that flooded out every spring. He did it in July and the area was swampy and skeeter filled.

    He had 3 other Scouts helping plus me for advanced gophering. Really amazing watching him get it done. One of the best experiences I've had for sure.
     
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    Congratulations all around.
     
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    Congratulations! Great stuff!
     
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    Congrats, fellow Eagle here and I am currently involved with Cub Scouts.
     
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    Congratulations! I know the type of journey you've been on with him. Both of my sons got their Eagles at about age 15. The oldest continued with the troop until he was 18 (most fun he had in scouting was as an Eagle). Youngest got involved with school stuff. He ended up being the Eagle Scout consultant for the school's engineering team--he taught them how to use a compass.
     
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    Well, if he did it alone, he wouldn't have gotten his Eagle.
     
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    That is a great accomplishment! Is he a member here?
     
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    Congrats. That is most excellent.
     
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    It gets harder the older they get. In my area they call it the fumes. Gas fumes and perfume. My youngest son is working on his eagle also just turned 16 but he played a lot of sports and that makes it even harder. Oldest was a couple months away from his 18th birthday. Both have been in scouts since first grade and the youngest was taking part with his brother before he started school.
     
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    Yeah, the fumes got me too. I made it to Life and ended up quitting. I did start late, but that isn't an excuse. To make up for it, I did go back and become an assistant scoutmaster a couple of times.

    Congrats to all of you again, fine job!
     
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    Congrats from a fellow eagle!
     
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    He directed a fairly large group the younger scouts had an outing that day. Two older scouts, his brother, me, his mother, my mom and dad age 75 but still going strong farming beef cattle. My sister came from Florida to WV to help and my brother all donated there time. There was 10 in all and we worked from 8am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday. That was with 3 chain saws and 2 weedeaters with blades. We raked everything up in 3 Hugh brush piles. I will look and see if I can post some picks.
     
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    Good deal helping with scouts our youth need all help they can get to be steered in the right direction. Tell your son thanks for his service to our county and our freedom.
     
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    Woo Hoo
     
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    Awesome work
     
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    Ya I'm with you there. He gave a safety meeting both mornings on heat exhaustion and the power tools being used. He really hammed it up. Even though both my boys are proficient with a chain saw and a weed eater with a blade the guide to safe scouting does not alway them to use them at a scout activity. I think dragging all the brush was harder anyway.
     
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    Yeah my son became an assistant scout master in our troop he is 18 now. He does not make it to meetings. But helps out on camp outs.
     
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    I will tell a story...
    In '67, I took one scout to camp with me in my jeep. I was assistant scoutmaster at the time and we went to summer camp. The jeep was a '42 Ford, in original colors with all insignia. We flew an Israeli flag on the front bumper... it was at the time of the war. Needless to say, I was popular with the kids. They loved my jeep as much as I did.
     
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    No im the only one from my family here but my family does benefit from all the members knowledge here on the forum. I always try to expand my knowledge an theirs.
     
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    Fumes, that's a good one. Mine started in Tigers and stayed in all the way through. No one more surprised than me, it was his idea to do it.
     
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    Fantastic!!!!! Made Life Scout my self. Always regretted not finishing my Eagle.
     
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    Way to go. I'm sure you're proud and you should be.
     
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    The fumes do make it harder. That's why I encouraged my boys to get their Eagle before they were 16. No, I didn't tell them they couldn't get their Driver's license before getting their Eagle (which some parents do), but I did encourage them otherwise. Sports does make it harder to Eagle as well.
     
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    Congrats! To yourself and the other scout dad's... Have any of you guys seen girls in the mix? I would love to see my daughter accomplish this feat, she's 4 now and loves any time I can get her out camping and loves watching me practice my own skills and trying things herself (what she's able to do of course)

    Girl scouts just won't give her the experience she'd want... Don't get me wrong there's that side of her personality too. Last trip we took she was having ballet recitals on Thurs/Fri and pushing through an overgrown trail with me on Saturday!
     
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    Well, BSA recently announced that girls will be welcome into the regular scouting program mix. Not sure I completely agree with where that is going as a new policy for the younger set. However, BSA has for a long time had opportunities for girls in what was the Exploring program, and now in the Venturing program. The idea in those programs for older scouts was to keep interest going with boys by including girls in outdoor and career skill building activities along with the boys.

    For more than 25 years I have been a staff instructor for training high adventure trek leader guides at BSA National Camping School (NCS), my course being for those who want to work summers at resident scout camps leading scouts and their adult leaders on 5 day canoeing and backpacking trips into the Adirondack wilderness. Our home developed syllabus has been adopted by BSA National as a nationwide training program (with necessary regional modifications). We have always welcomed female trek leaders to the program, and have several ladies available from year to year on permanent training staff. My own daughter went through the 8-day training and was hired to live for 6 weeks at a scout camp and she has led numerous treks for 2 summers. Then she took the NCS waterfront director training and was in charge of the entire waterfront program at a resident scout camp for a summer.
     
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    I do not really like the idea of girls in Boy Scout as a leader myself. This day and age it is hard enough to be tough with the Boys. Or at leased tough enough to let them learn from their mistakes as a Patrol or a Troop. I see it all the time you can tell them 100 times but it is stuff that they learn for their mistakes that are shared and carry with them for a long time. An example is with a newer Patrol we were teaching MAP and Compass skills. We did this at several meetings with a map of the local area of our meeting. They could find the direction to several local spots on the map an identify a heading. We completed this again the morning before they would follow and afternoon course i had set up. This was on a 2 day camp out. To say we missed dinner the first night was an understatement. They started by listening to each instead of what they learned. So i was tough and firm to teach a lesson. And it worked we walked around all day and into the evening all were lost but me. I was very familiar with area. Not one point i had flagged was found. Part of this was to use your terrain to you advantage. Low and behold all we did was walk up and down hills. I was worn out and it was not till they were worn out that they ask for my help. I had not given it freely from the start of the hike. We made it back to camp after dark. All had brought snacks as i did make sure everyone was prepared for a long outing even though the course i setup was only a little over a mile and criss-crossed itself several times. The next day was total success finding all the flags and walking on mostly level ground. They still tell the story of me letting them tramp all over the country just to prove my point and get something to stick in their brain. The over protective moms were not happy. Now pretend one of these boys were a girl. The over protective Dad may punch me in the face. That is not really my biggest worry, well depending on his size. The big problem is explaining these complaints to the troop committee or BSA. My biggest problem with girls in boys scouts is that the only reason for this change is because recruitment is down and this is BSA's fix for dwindling recruitment numbers. This is not the change they need. They need to ease up on the rules to allow scouting to be adventurous and dangerous. We cannot protect everyone from everything. Always use the buddy system and follow the common tride and true out door basics for safety. Like don't feed the bears, wear a life preserver when boating. Not like you have to wear a helmet when sledding, or you cannot be above 3 feet without a BSA certified climbing instructor present.

    My Eagle Scout is now 18 and this is what my wife and i gifted him for his years of hard work. It was going to be a Henry lever gun in the Eagle Scout edition. He believed that was not practical as he wanted a function fire arm not a show piece. His choice was the pistol i added the carbine because i believed he deserved more. Glock 22 40 S&W , Kel-Tec 40S&W uses Glock 22 mags
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    Pistol shoots high at 25 Yds. Kel-Tec is pretty close out of the box at 25 yds. Pistol rounds are circled.

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    Congrats to your son - Fellow Eagle and Order of the Arrow member here - 1973 - Those lessons from scouting never fade and you just go through life, being prepared ;>)
     
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    Good to hear from another Eagle Scout and OA member.
     
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