March 05, 2005
Eagle Scout Court of Honor
Posted by Gordon Smith


Tonight my oldest son, Drew, received his Eagle Scout Medal. When Drew was 11 years old, one of his Church leaders mentioned that he could earn his Eagle when he was 13 years old if he applied himself. Drew took that as a challenge, and when his enlisted the help of his mother, success was assured.

Drew also benefitted greatly from having excellent scout leaders, men who devoted many hours to teaching him. I am most grateful for those who went camping with him. Last summer, I spent the better part of a week in northern Wisconsin at a scout camp, and while I found many aspects of the experience quite enjoyable, camping in not really my thing.

The Court of Honor was an excellent program. Drew shared the stage with two other young men from our troop, and about 100 people attended. The most poignant moment for me was when my wife placed the Eagle scarf around Drew's neck. The scarf she used belonged to her older brother, Drew, for whom our Drew is named. The elder Drew lives in Utah, and could not attend the Court of Honor, but he sent the hand-sewn scarf that he had received as an Eagle Scout almost 40 years ago.

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