The Payoff - Scoutings Rewards :-)
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 04:09:20 -0500
The payoff, Scoutings best reward, comes with perhaps a tear in the eyes, a
deep feeling of pride and a broad smile as we see young people making
giant strides that change their lives forever and as we see a young one
suddenly much more mature doing things he never thought he could do,
maybe even living out his or her dream.
Tuesday night I had the honor as part of the organizing committee to
attend the National Capital Area Council's annual Eagle Career Dinner
where over 225 Eagle Scouts were recognized and matched with a sponsor in
a career field that the individual Eagle wanted to pursue. The dinner
began with a formal flag ceremony by a crack Air Force ceremonial unit.
After an invocation the gathering was entertained by the USAF Singing
Sargents. The high point was when each Eagle was announced with his Sponsor
and both were asked to stand and be recognized by a local TV personality
of some note.
What this meant was that over 225 community leaders and people of all
walks of life had taken time to give to these Eagles to explain their
career and to invite each Eagle to spend time with them as a mentor on
the job for a real experience. You could see enthusiams and excitement
all over the room with excited discussions, budding friendships, and
invitations to special activities. There were airline pilots, business
executives, military personnel, government leaders, and many more each
To cap off the experience the group was treated to a challenge by Senator
and Eagle Scout Sam Nunn to live the Scout Law.
One Eagle's experience in particular touched me. The young man had his
heart set on being a Marine Corps Officer. His sponsor, a Marine Corps
Major and Cubmaster in the inner-city, arrived in dress uniform with
medals and all. Three hours later the young man's eyes were still wide
with awe and eagerness. He'd been invited for a day at Quantico with his
dad and also to Marine's Birthday Parade to see the silent drill team
perform, something I've seen and can tell you is inspiring. Whether this
young fellow ever becomes a Marine, he will forever remember this special
time and what follows. And the same story will be true for most of these
young men. You have to imagine what excitement there was as these young
me were given opportunities to do things most of us as kids could only
dream about. It is hard to capture in mere words the magic played
out in that hotel ballroom, you had to be there to feel the electricity.
It is moments like this when you know that it is all worthwhile and that
it does make a difference.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City