scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Things that warms a Scoutmaster's heart
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Sat Aug 19 2000 - 23:29:54 CDT
This weekend I experienced something that I thought worthy of sharing.
You build a very special bond with your Scouts after years of working with
them, talking with them, believing in them, experiencing great adventures
with them, and all the rest that goes along.
On occasion I get invited to graduations, weddings, etc. from men whom I
worked with when they were Scouts in my troop.
This weekend I attended the wedding of DaRin Ryan, now 28 years old. He
earned his Eagle Award in Troop 33 many years ago. Though DaRin is very
busy managing a successful business, he still helps out the troop every
now and then.
DaRin and his bride Christine had a beautiful church wedding with full
Afterwards there was a reception held in an elegent banquet hall. At the
reception I made my way through the receiving line and went to shake
DaRin's hand in a traditional handshake when he extended his left hand
instead for the Scout handshake. That was nice.
Later, as he made some public introductions at the front of the hall, he
introduced his parents, the parents of his bride, and a part of his family
that had flown from Germany for the wedding. He then went on to introduce
someone whom he said had influenced him a great deal growing up. He spoke
my name, said I had been his Scoutmaster, and asked me to stand. That was
very nice and very touching.
Before the beginning of the meal, he called upon his older brother Mike
(also a Troop 33 Eagle) and together they blessed the meal before a large
banquet hall full of people with the saying of the Philmont grace.
Without all that I would have enjoyed the evening very much, but those
actions, words, and sentiment, after all these years, really warmed this
It's a reminder to all of us that what we do in Scouting really does mean
something to all those wild overly enthusiastic hyperactive boys that one
fine day will take their place in this world as men.
Scoutmaster Troop 33