scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Scouts at Democratic Convention
D R Long (OnalaskaLongs@INAME.COM
Sun Aug 20 2000 - 23:27:28 CDT
> (CNSNews.com) - Support for homosexual rights has become such a key part of the Democratic
> dogma, that California delegates to the Democratic National Convention actually booed a group of
> Boy Scouts - Eagle Scouts </snip>
> <snip> the Democratic Party invited the Scouts to participate in opening ceremonies. </snip>
It's very interesting to note that Gore did a very honorable thing, yet his actions got only a cursory advance notice on the radio, then a single mention on the local paper's front page (photo at:
) . The story: http://www.lacrossetribune.com/local_news/20000819_goreaward.html
Since the article may disappear from their site under their timed archive policy, here's the text:
Al Gore gives La Crosse teen Eagle Scout award
By CHRIS HARDIE / Local news editor
William Lang Jr. will have more than a crumpled campaign poster to remind him of Vice President
Al Gore's trip to La Crosse.
The 16-year-old La Crosse boy, who is battling cancer, was presented his Eagle Scout award
Friday morning by Gore, a Boy Scout himself, in a private ceremony at the La Crosse Radisson
before Gore appeared in Riverside Park.
Gore's running mate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, also congratulated Lang, who completed his project
for Gateway Area Boy Scout Council Troop 24.
``I was a little nervous -- not too much,'' Lang said.
Lang, the son of Kim Lang of La Crosse and Bill and Faye Lang of Holmen, earned the award by
working with young cancer patients through the Children's Miracle Network at Gundersen Lutheran
Medical Center. It's a subject that Will is all too familiar with, after being diagnosed with leukemia
nearly two years ago.
``It was very good timing, especially for his condition,'' said Will's Scoutmaster, Jeff Nylander, who
attended the ceremony. ``It really perked him up a lot.''
Lang is waiting for a bone marrow transplant, but cannot undergo the procedure until the cancer is
in remission, said his mother. She said her son had a relapse on Thursday, but that didn't stop him
from achieving his Eagle Scout rank on Friday.
``He was excited about meeting (Gore) and was a little nervous,'' Kim Lang said. ``He doesn't like
to be in the limelight.''
Nylander said Will talks with children one-on-one about his experiences with cancer.
``Whatever they ask, I try to answer,'' Will said. When children ask him if chemotherapy and cancer
recovery are scary, Will tells them the truth.
``I tell them it's scary, but it's not all that bad the way they do it,'' he said.
Gateway Executive Mike Dimond said Lang went through his Eagle Board of Review on Monday.
``He earned an Eagle just like I did in 1976,'' Dimond said. ``If I could be half as brave as he is.''
Nylander said Gore recognized that only 2 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle and told
Lang how proud he was of him.
``He said it's quite an accomplishment and something he could take forward for the rest of his life,''
</story> (C) "1997, 1998, & 1999" La Crosse, WI, Tribune published 8/19/00 P1.
While this scout's family wasn't seeking public scrutiny, it's convenient that the Vice President's security required it to be such a low-key event... where the west-coast Democratic supporters wouldn't see their candidate doing 'the right thing'. The only media coverage
was the single photo and story referenced above.
Hats off, by the way, to all those at the Gateway Area Council and the National BSA Office that successfully fast tracked Will Lang's award, and helped this particular young man feel special in receiving his award from the highest office-holding Eagle in the USA. I
understand his Board of Review was a particularly touching event.
Get well, Will! Always an Eagle.
SM Troop 48, Onalaska, WI
ASM GAC Jambo 01 contingent
I used to be a Fox (C-4-98), but always an Eagle ("Bicentennial", I like that!)