Intro and Re: Issue One
Anthony R. Gangloff (argangloff@AOL.COM)
Tue, 1 Feb 1994 01:45:00 EST
First, I'd like to introduce myself to the list. My name is Tony Gangloff,
and I am an Eagle Scout ('80) and a Minisino ('83). I have been involved in
Scouting since I was a Cub (Pack 483, then Troop 483 in Dan Beard Council).
My family moved to Indiana when I was 14, and I earned my Eagle with Troop
645 in Hoisser Trails Council when I was 16. Both Troops, however,
frequented the same summer camp, Ransburg Reservation in the Crossroads of
America Council, and I began a long (and now dearly missed) tenure as a camp
staff member in 1981. From then through 1987, I served in a variety of
positions, including kitchen staff, asst. cook, lifeguard, TP manager,
commisioner, chaplain, health officer, ranger, and program director.
Graduate school (at Notre Dame, in chemistry) precluded my full-time
employment at Ransburg, but I could often be found there volunteering on the
week-ends in the summer. Now, my Ph.D. is complete, and I find myself in San
Mateo, CA, far from the rolling hills of southern Indiana. Currently, I'm
looking to become involved with a local troop.
I would like to respond to Settummanque's Issue One: "What good is the Eagle
Scout Badge anymore, anyway?" (It showed up about a week ago, I just got
around to reading my digests!) I would propose the "good" is that the Scout
takes RESPONSIBILITY for his environment, his physical well being, his
community, his nation, and his fellow citizens. Anyone can be aware or know
of these concerns, but unless one takes action based on this knowledge, what
"good" is the knowledge? The Eagle Scout Badge demonstrates that recognition
is bestowed on those who prove themselves worthy of high trust through
service, devotion and achivements. The "proof" is through actions, not
knowledge of the actions required. I am proud of my accomplishments as a
Scout, and I strive to live the Scout Oath and Law in my personal life as
well to this day. The Eagle Scout rank is not a set of laurels to rest upon,
but a challenge to continue to take seriously one's duty to God, country,
others and self.
With regard to "young" Eagle Scouts; if the requirements have been met, the
rank should be granted. But I would pose a more pressing issue which young
Eagle Scouts present, how do you keep them involved in Scouting?
Just my $0.02 worth.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City