scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Aggie Eagle Scout gone home
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET
Fri Nov 19 1999 - 15:05:28 CST
At least two other Eagle Scouts lost their lives when the bonfire
collapsed. They were Christopher Breen of Austin and Scott West
One of the injured students is Eagle Scout Derrek Woodley of Troop 155
in Georgetown who suffered fractures of the wrist, leg and back.
Here is a poem written by Troop 405 Eagle Scout Nick Currier in memory
of those who died during the tragic accident at the Bonfire site.
A burning light guides my path
And with it I shall fear no wrath.
Traditions born with fire and grace,
I hold it true with all my faith.
Yet I now know as this chapter draws to a close,
My belief was not as strong as I supposed.
I see my buddies as I fade away,
Reaching out with their hands to convince me to stay.
I stand aside and see my friends get up,
To help their fellows and help clear this mess away.
Strong and true with fiery determination,
Never with a word about each other's station.
All they know is to never give up,
For Aggies fight even if the world was to erupt.
I reflect on the Bonfires of past,
But as I watch the Aggie Spirit burns hotter than the rest.
Torn hearts and with despair in their eyes,
They look with faith towards the sky.
They know we all went to a better place
Never doubting God's grace.
With hearts heavy they trudged on,
With never a break, fearing the worst would come.
Pride and fear shone in their eyes,
As Bonfire's tradition still burned within their minds.
Class of 2003
17 November 1999 2100
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)