Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: An Eagle's View
An Eagle's View
Calvin H. Gray
Fri, 16 Oct 1998 13:35:08 -0500
The essay which follows was recently written by Greg Myrick, a 17 year
old high school senior, to fulfill an assignment in an English class.
Greg is an Eagle Scout with five palms. He has recorded 203 days/nights
of camping and participated in 41 troop service projects totaling 208
hours. Greg gave me permission to post his essay on SCOUTS-L.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)
An Eagle's View by Greg Myrick
A significant achievement that has had a major positive influence on my
life would have to be my joining the Boy Scouts of America. I joined
the Boy Scouts in the summer of 1992 never expecting to get out of it
what I have. My years since then have been enriched greatly beyond what
I could ever imagine. Through this organization, not only have I
learned basic camping skills and how to tie different knots, but I have
learned invaluable information that could possibly save a man's life. I
have learned to cope with problems of my own and those of others. I
have defined my boundaries of physical and mental tolerances, and broken
them. I have been on adventures many only dream about, and I have
accomplished experiences many would dare not do. I have been mountain
hiking on seventy-plus-mile treks in the Sangre De Christo Mountains of
Philmont, New Mexico, snorkled in the clear waters of the Keys of the
Bahamas, white-water rafted through Class 5 rapids in the canyons of
Colorado, climbed impossible rock faces with the assistance of D-rings,
belays and Swiss-seats, and have explored caves, on my stomach,
when the roof was tight against my back, in Virginia.
Joining the Boy Scouts of America was an epoch in my life that has
definitely impacted me and is evident in most everything I do. The Boy
Scouts literally took me as an obnoxious boy and made me into an honest
man. Through the system, I have learned loyalty, dignity and honor. I
have acquired knowledge from individuals that I could not have received
from anyone, or anywhere, else. Joining the Boy Scouts has influenced
me in such a way that I cannot describe. Through scouting, I have
learned, first-hand, information on battleships that was never mentioned
in the textbooks. I have seen in person the Spirit of St. Louis that
Linburg flew accross the Atlantic; I have been bunked on and
learned about the USS Lexington, the "Blue Ghost" of World War II, and I
have seen the fuselage of the mighty Enola Gay.
Scouting has also given me a lifetime of thrills, shills and spills.
Many a time have I or someone I knew come close to severe bodily harm
since my joining. What immediatly comes to mind is an event that found
me dangling from a mud-slickened mountainside with a forty-five pound
pack strapped to me, and a swollen, rushing river roaring beneath
me. Another occasion I'm reminded of is when a rubber raft wrapped
around a rock, during a white-water excursion, and sent it's crew
downstream into the midst of the rapids. Though dangerous, I find these
incidents have bettered me. Not only do I now have some of the best
memories in my life, but because of them, I have learned valuable
lessons on life.
The Boy Scouts is not only about priceless memories and experiences and
learning material that would impact your life as a whole, it's about
making lifelong friends. One possitive influence through scouting I
gained is the life-long friends I have made. Together we have been
through thick and thin and we share an affinity for our rambles.
The Boy Scouts program has influenced my life in such a way that I know
whatever I choose to do, I will succeed. Scouts has given me an
expansive view on life I feel that I can take on any challenge presented
to me, quickly and efficiantly. I owe my manner, my personality, and
myself to the Boy Scouts of America.