It takes 21 Merit Badges to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. There are 10 required badges and the other 11 badges can be selected based on personal interests. One by one the required badges are sewn onto the Merit Badge Sash and soon the non-requireds join their brothers to make a complete set. The time, the dedication and the knowledge gained on the path might be a long one but full of excitement along the way. Congratulations to Trevor for completing one more merit badge as he works towards the full set of 21!
There is something extra special about a Scouting mother. From a very early age mothers are the ones who help us along our scouting path. They make sure our uniforms are washed and we know where to find our handbooks as Tiger Cubs. They go door to door to help us deliver the boxes upon boxes of Boy Scout popcorn we sold. They sew a bazillion Merit Badges onto our sashes and ensure we get to weekly meetings on time. They walk us through the process of completing our Eagle Projects. They encourage us to broaden our horizons by hiking 127 miles in the mountains of Philmont and to face our fears of deep sea scuba diving. They stand by us as we receive our Bronze and Gold Awards and are welcomed into the roles of Crew President and Crew Secretary.
Through every little step of our Scouting careers our mothers are there to see us grow in leadership, community service and civic duty. Without our Scouting mothers we probably would have given up at the first challenge we faced. But because of our mothers, we have succeeded and we have the stories and memories for proof. Thank you, moms, for encouraging us and for giving us the extra boost of focus when we needed it the most. Happy Mother’s Day.