Todd N. Tingblad (tingbltn@UWEC.EDU)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 08:03:00 -0500
Dear Scouts-L Community:
Last night, the members of Cub Scout Pack 463 and Boy Scout Troop 460, both
of New Richmond, Wisconsin, learned of the passing of Scout Matt Bryant.
Matt lost his over two year battle with cancer.
Matt had a great impact on the Scouts and Leaders of both units. Even
though Matt was only 11 years old, his example to the other scouts was of
true Eagle Scout level.
As a Unit Commissioner, you don't get to work with the boys like the Den
Leaders, Cubmasters, and Scoutmasters. However, you do get to watch what
happens to a unit as a whole. This past January, when Matt and his Webelos
Den visited Troop 460 for their Arrow Of Light Award, I saw something very
interesting. Throughout the meeting, all the Webelos stayed together as a
group. Matt was always in the middle of the group, his den forming a circle
around him at all times. All these other boys of the den would follow
Matt...maintaining this protective circle around him. Some of the boys in
Matt's already know about the troop from their brothers and friends in the
troop and could have gone over to visit with their troop friends. But
throughout the hour and a half meeting, not a one moved away from Matt's side.
It all seemed very strange until after the meeting that I learned of Matt's
cancer and which Webelos Matt was. Throughout the remaining months of
Matt's life, his new troop also started doing the same types of things.
When Matt spend almost three month in the hospital, adult leaders as well as
scouts visited him weekly. Special arrangements were made to have players
from the different pro sports teams in Minnesota come and visit him. It all
was great to see and be part of all this Scout Spirit.
Matt did as much as he could with his friends and with Scouting. Matt had
his good days and he had really bad days. When those good days fell on
Scouting days, Matt was at the troop meetings or visiting on a campout.
Please remember Matt and his family in your prays this week. The Scouts and
leaders are also hurting a lot too because of the lost and because this is
the second member of the troop to pass away in the last three years.
Todd Tingblad -- email@example.com
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