Eagle Dad story
Gary Calvert (c23glc@KOCRSV01.DELCOELECT.COM)
Sat, 21 Oct 1995 08:38:07 -0500
Greetings Scouters and Scouts.
I read the following at my Son's Eagle ceremony. The local Exec' ask for a
copy to send to the Scouting Magazine but I never heard if it was published.
Because some others have asked a few times about my Eagle dad story, I am
placing it on the Internet SCOUTS-L for everyone to read and use if they
like. I hope this helps others too.
Eagle Dad - Scouting, a touching of the generations 17 April 1994
A short story of why I have encouraged Chad to be active in Scouting, to pursue
the Eagle rank, and why I remain an advocate of Scouting, and on occasions even
to the exclusion of other activities.
>From time past when mankind first marked upon cave walls, through the invention
of paper and the printing press only a few centuries ago, through the more
recent marvels of typewriters and computers; a long legacy of history and
valuable information has been recorded.
The wondrous methods and forms for passing along the many lessons and thoughts
of each generation to those who followed is as varied as all the many cultures
in our world today.
The increase in speed and in volume, as each new technological advance occurs
in our world has been truly astounding.
There now seems to be a quotation, book, or video on nearly any and all
subjects to which one might have a question about.
The one important element of learning that can not be pasted along in any of
the recording methods to date, is that personal interaction from one individual
The ability to ask questions and get back more than just dry factual answers.
When communications between people occur, a unique collection of unwritten and
unspoken responses are exchanged in addition to questions and answers.
These responses can allow a younger generation to absorb philosophies and a
general sense of the values from the previous, by showing the way through
setting examples, and also allow new ideas to be passed along to the generation
that is doing the teaching.
Repeated interaction with good mentors, parents, teachers, scoutmasters, merit
badge counselors, leaders, and tutors of all kinds a young person can build
his own philosophies and a good set of values by which to live.
While Scouting may not be the only means for good interaction between
generations, and it may not be a cure for all of society' current ills, I
believe that Scouting provides one of the greatest opportunities for
interaction from one generation to another.
Scouting provides more than just merit badges to be earned or camping, but a
touching or connecting of one generation to the next.
In scouting the generations may be from a very old to a very young person, or
from individuals who are only just a few years apart, but still sharing common
Sadly, that type interaction for so many young people is missing at an
increasing rate for each of the generations.
I hope that this explains why I am happy for Chad to have chose Scouting as a
significant activity in his life, and especially glad that I had the
opportunity to share much of his scouting experiences with him as a Troop
Assistant Scoutmaster and as his Dad.
I also appreciate wife Janet for tolerating our frequent trips to camp,
campfire smelly, sometimes muddy clothes.
And for anyone who doesn't know us well, or possibly we haven't told Chad
often enough we are very proud of him and love him very much.
Gary Lee Calvert
Best wishes in Scouting.
Gary Lee Calvert WB9SMX
A.S.M. Troop 568
P.O. Box 6353, Kokomo, Indiana 46904-6353
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