An Eagle's Tribute
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 14:01:05 -0600
I'm sure that most of us have moments in Scouting when things didn't go
as smoothly as we want...terrible pack or troop meetings, nasty
campouts, parents who are never happy, etc. When I have a bad "Scouting
Day", one of the things I do is read a poem written by one of our Scouts
and delivered during his Eagle Court of Honor on January 13, 1996.
An Eagle's Tribute
By Ashley Wilson
Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind and friendly to all,
Clean, cheerful, brave, thrifty, and obedient to the law,
A Scout is always courteous and he's very reverent, too
All these things you have taught me, I learned by watching you.
Everyone in this room has contributed in some way,
To the award that I am receiving as Eagle Scout today.
What you have done for me may not have seemed like much,
It might have been kind words you spoke or a loving touch.
Maybe it was the way you re-acted to me,
Or what I saw you do when you thought no one could see.
It might have been that big smile you always had on your face,
Or your words of encouragement for me when I failed in disgrace.
It could of been that task you made me re-do,
You wanted me to be proud, I just wanted to be through.
Many of you regularly bought the many items that I sold,
Allowing me great experiences that I'll still remember when I'm old.
How about that job you gave me, you could have given it to anyone,
Or all the time you spent with me leaving your own chores undone.
Maybe it was one of those times that you helped me so willingly,
It made me feel real special that you'd do that for me.
It might have been because you forgave me when I had done your wrong,
Or because you took me camping, oh those nights must have seemed so
It might have been the times that you kneeled with teary eyes,
And kept on asking God to make me obedient and wise.
Maybe it was because you stayed, EVEN when I was a pest,
Or all the times you made me do my very best.
You've all had a part in me becoming the Eagle Scout that I now am,
Someday I hope to make you proud that you helped make me a man.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City