Watching her Eagles soar

I know there are many proud parents out there who have watched one or more of their sons achieve Scouting’s highest rank – the Eagle Scout Award – but I just had to share this brief story sent to me about a proud Mom in Carmel, CA.

Michelle Carroll has seen all three of her sons – 19-year-old Sean, 17-year-old Robert and 14-year-old Michael – earn their Eagle. Her sons are members of Troop 132 in Carmel, part of the Monterey Bay Area Council.

Watching her Eagles soar

L to R:  Sean Carroll, Robert Carroll, and Michael Carroll // Photo Courtesy of Current in Carmel

 This is a terrific achievement in itself, but I wanted to share some of the observations Michelle shared with a reporter with the Current in Carmel about how she has seen her sons grow up along the path to Eagle:

“Any opportunity that comes out they’re willing to say, yeah, I’m going to try and do that. It’s just being able to be open to do those things and I think through Scouting that’s helped them a lot.”

“The life skills my boys have learned through Scouts put my mind at ease,” she added. They will be prepared for whatever comes their way.” Read more »

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Setting a Sustainable Example

I just wrapped up our 2014 Sustainability Summit and wanted to give you some highlights of what we covered the last few days.

It was a terrific experience. We had environmental experts with both national and global credentials helping us define what our next steps should be to build upon and expand our existing vision of sustainability.

We heard from experts in farming, the automotive industry, solar energy, federal government initiatives, global exploring, conservation, education. We heard about how to approach sustainability through one’s faith. We came together as one voice to move from the “initiative” stage as good stewards of the environment and make plans to put real sustainable practices into place, like the sustainable designs and operations practices of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Beckley, W.V. Our experts were able to see the Summit’s sustainable innovations first hand during a tour of the site.

Boy Scouts Sustainability Summit

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Getting outside of our comfort zones

We all have our comfort zones – the places where we feel safe, whether at home or work.  So when we are challenged to reach outside of those comfort zones, it can be tough duty until we master the ability to take on these new responsibilities.

In Scouting, when we reach out to bring our mission to underserved neighborhoods, it can be a real stretch outside of our comfort zone, but the results can be most rewarding.

Let me share the story of Troop 112.

Scout Troop 112 Norfolk VA

Scouts from Troop 112 in Norfolk, VA

Troop 112 was recently featured in a television news report in Norfolk, VA.  The troop is sponsored by The New Hope Baptist Church. These Scouts cannot afford uniforms, camping equipment, or weekend campouts. Fundraisers are difficult. Their members are growing up in a neighborhood fraught with gangs, gang-related problems, and very few activities or facilities for children. Read more »

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