It is important for children to learn at a young age how to work to attain a goal and cooperate with their peers, and the Boy Scouts of America, which has been instilling these values in boys since 1910, has tried and true methods of inspiring youngsters to success.
Troop 278, Ahwatukee Foothills’ local troop, has been especially effective in motivating its scouts to stay involved in the organization and climb its ranks. Last Monday the troop initiated its 10th active Eagle Scout, which is the highest attainable rank in Boy Scouts.
“It’s quite unusual to have so many active Eagle Scouts in one troop,” scout master Alan Moore said.
To attain the Eagle Scout rank, Boy Scouts follow what is described as a steep trail with six steps. Along the way, scouts build themselves physically, mentally and morally. The last step to reaching the rank of Eagle Scout is organizing and executing an extensive service project
Michael Hudson, Troop 278’s newest Eagle Scout, raised $1,000 to send care packages overseas to U.S. troops.
“We had a car wash and collected private donations, and ended up raising enough money to send 100 packages,” Hudson said. “I learned a lot of leadership skills in the process.”
Hudson’s Eagle Scout rank may have also helped him get into various colleges, where he will study engineering. He has already been accepted into all three of the state universities.
“Colleges look for scout experience on applications because it shows leadership at an early age,” scout master Hudson said.
Hudson’s former scout masters and parents are proud to see him reach the rank he has been working for so long.
“It’s a great honor to know that I was able to help a youth accomplish his goals,” former Troop 278 scout master Brett Barr said. “I was able to watch him grow, and now he’s taller than me.”
Hudson’s father, Bob, has appreciated that he could trust his son in the care of the troop when he was busy with work and coaching his daughter’s soccer team.
“I cherish that his leaders have had an impact on his life and taught him to be a man,” Bob Hudson said. “I was also always happy that he was busy scouting and not getting into trouble with other things.”
For more information on activities or how to join Troop 278, visit www.Troop278.net.