Their Eagle Stories
Matt Wagner, Quivira Council, Kansas
My experience with scouting started in first grade, as a Tiger cub in El Dorado, KS. Progressing through the ranks of Cub and Boy Scouts, I learned very quickly the amazing amount of influence the program would have on my life and knew from day one that I should set the goal of achieving the Eagle Scout rank. Knowing that my father, grandfather and later my cousin earned the rank, I learned from a great support group how the rank of Eagle would not only benefit me as a youth, but throughout my entire life.
My fondest memories of childhood came from the pinewood derby races, camporees at Trapper's Rendezvous near Newton Kansas in the frigid month of January each year, the time spent at Quivira scout ranch, Ben Delatour in Colorado, and without a doubt- Philmont twice. The men and leaders in my troop were excellent instructors and mentors. The best time I believe, during my scouting experience, was being the youngest member to join the troop. It was a time when I had the most opportunity to meet those older youth that would inspire my journey to Eagle and challenge me to live by the Scout Oath.
I entered my Senior year of high school and knew my project would be a project dedicated to giving back to the United Methodist Church I had attended since I was born. The church ministers and supports a church home where abused and battered women and their children are able to stay as a safe place. I noticed that the children from the safe house were always playing in the chain-link, unprotected, church playground, instead of their own that had a large privacy fence. Their need to play on the unprotected playground was not a matter of better equipment, but instead that their protected area had become overrun with 6-7 foot weeds, grass, and insects. I organized a large group for a few different weekends and we were able to restore the protected grounds for these young children. The look on their faces, after the work had been completed was amazing and made me truly understand the impact that an Eagle Scout can have...making me all the more proud that I had achieved that goal I challenged myself to, during my beginnings in cub scouts.
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