Seascout-Net Mail Archive for June of 1999: Eagle Award
Thu, 3 Jun 1999 08:13:28 -0700
Here is an encouraging article from the Marine Digest.
Outpost 254 Commander
Don't drive faster than your angel can fly.
[marines] Digest (06/02/1999 21:00) (#1999-74)
SCOUT HELPS COMMUNITY, EARNS WINGS
By Sgt. Cindy Fisher
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (May 13) -- A Camp Pendleton
teenager is soaring on the path of success.
By helping others, Andrew Ross Love has completed a goal only 2.5 percent of
all Boy Scouts reach. He became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the
Scouts, April 20.
The journey has taught him that loyalty, helpfulness and trustworthiness are
important, said Andrew, 15. People should be able to trust each other. If
they say they are going to do something, then they should.
When he first joined the Scouts in 1994, he said he did not plan to become
an Eagle Scout, he just wanted to have fun and be part of a group.
It became his goal after he learned that former U.S. presidents and other
successful people were Eagle Scouts, he said.
His khaki uniform is pressed and dotted with patches denoting
accomplishments. His sash hangs from his right shoulder covered with merit
badges. Eagle Scouts are an elite group of people and it is a privilege to
be in their company, he said.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is not the only indicator a teenager is on the right
track but it is a powerful one, said LtCol. Robert E. Love, Andrews father.
We tried to raise him with high moral standards, but most of the credit goes
to him. He is just a good young man with high standards and ethics, he said.
When the media report negative things children do, it is encouraging to see
a child accomplish something positive, Love said.
Andrew is quick to praise his parents for keeping me focused on my goals.
They remind me to take care of the little details as well as the big ones.
He also credits his friends for helping him stay on track and out of
trouble, he said. My friends have the same standards to follow the law and
try to be good, responsible citizens as I do.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, Love planned and completed a community service
project to build a drainage canal and plant five cottonwood trees at Live
Oak Park in Fallbrook. The canal, 75-feet long and 3-feet wide, reduced
erosion at the parks baseball field and directed rainwater away from a
nearby dirt road. The park provided supplies and tools. Andrew organized
fellow troop members and adult volunteers of Troop 789s Desert Pacific
Committee to do the work.
It was hard to get everything organized and took months of planning. Once we
got to the park, everything fell into place and we finished in a day, Andrew
He did not earn Eagle Scout on his own, it was a group effort, he said. His
troop supported him in his quest by holding classes and teaching the
curricula necessary for various merit badges.
Andrew had to earn at least 21 merit badges. He exceeded the requirement
with 32. His personal management badge was hardest to earn, he said. For six
months he had to keep track of his allowance and what he spent it on. His
other badges include emergency preparedness, journalism, communications,
wilderness survival, environmental sciences and computers.
He has also volunteered at a local blood bank serving food and drinks to
As one of the oldest in the troop of more than 20 members, he is now the
assistant senior patrol leader. He helps run troop meetings and coordinates
campouts. Everybody cant be a follower, somebody has to be willing to lead,
Love said. He has also been the troops librarian, scribe and patrol leader.
When he is not scouting, the sophomore at Fallbrook Union High School plays
tenor saxophone in the schools marching band. He also plays soccer on base
in a summer league.
He is an honor student and takes advanced courses. College is in his plans.
But I have not decided if I want to study chemistry, math or computers.
Andrew is a very mature and responsible individual, said Jim Russ, a troop
volunteer. His family and the way they work with him have made him this way.
The family believes in scouting, his father said. The Boy Scouts are like
the Marine Corps, they havent lowered their standards. They still believe in
good, old-fashioned values like honesty and loyalty.
His father is the assistant Scout master for Troop 789. Scouting has become
a family tradition. Andrews father was a Scout and his mother was a Girl
Scout. His 12-year-old sister is a Girl Scout and his 9-year-old brother is
a Cub Scout.
Now that he is an Eagle Scout, Andrew is still an active member of his
troop. He has already completed requirements for a bronze palm, which is
like the Marine Corps gold star, his father said. The palm will be awarded
to him for earning five more merit badges and displaying leadership in his
If you keep trying, eventually you will succeed, is Andrews advice to anyone
trying to reach a goal.
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