Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: There were some heroes
Re: There were some heroes
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 00:52:35 -0400
I suspect that the Scout Executive serving the Littleton area will see that
a heroism application is forwarded to the National Court of Honor for
recognition of Aaron Hancey's courage in leaving the safety of a class room
to enter the hallway where the teacher had just been shot in an effort to
try to save a life. When a Scout attempts to save the life of another and
puts his own life at peril by disregarding danger, the National Court of
Honor usually awards either the Heroism Award or Honor Medal to the Scout.
Aaron's courage in the face of danger is an inspiration to us all. This
young man is a real hero.
There are some other heroes that won't be getting any medals. Those heroes
are the adult leaders in youth organizations like BSA who take the time to
work with young people -- leaders like those of you on this list. As you
work with youth every week, you are helping them develop self-esteem, a
sense of fellowship, a feeling of value, and good character. These are the
things that seem to be lacking in the youths who have gunned down classmates
in this and other schools. Many of you, whether you know it or not, have
helped young people who have been troubled, who have had self-doubts, who
felt alone, and who were confused.
The shootings are very tragic and we can feel the pain of the families and
youths involved. And though we've seen several of these terrible events
here in the U.S. and Australia, I wonder how many more there would have
been, but for the help of people who are quietly in the background making a
difference for individual young people.
When we try to reach more youth members with the Scouting program, it isn't
about numbers, charts, or graphs. It is about making a difference with as
many young people as we can - one at a time.
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (email@example.com)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA