Student Feature: "Striving for Greater Things"
Striving for Greater Things: Adam, Eagle Scout and CHS junior
When and how did you earn the rank of Eagle Scout?
I began scouting as a wolf scout, in second grade, and I continued throughout Cub Scouts until I earned my Arrow of Light, the highest rank of a Cub Scout. I then joined BSA Troop 71 in Stratford, CT, at the end of my fifth-grade year. I continued to work throughout Boy Scouts, achieving the ranks of Scouter, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout and then Life Scout. Each rank was harder to achieve than the rank before it. Each required some form of first aid knowledge, camping experience, knot-tying, and adherence to the Scout Law. Soon I had to earn the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout. There are 13 required badges and 8 elective badges, which are necessary for becoming an Eagle Scout. As a life scout, I undertook my Eagle Scout Project in the summer of 2018. I worked on archiving data and memorabilia in the CHS Alumni and Archive Center. My finished project included over 8 photo albums of different CHS sports and events, as well as an updated archive center. As a result of my Eagle Scout project, I was able to get a job at CHS this past summer to continue working in the Archives. I had my Eagle Board of Review on April 4, 2019, and that night I joined the 1% of scouts who remain a scout until the rank of Eagle Scout.
What has scouting taught you about life? How has it influenced you?
Scouting has shown me that life is full of challenges, but with preparation, good work ethic and positive attitude, any problem can be solved. By working with others, especially other scouts, I have found a community that has been created by Scouting; a community that prepares young men for their futures and their lives ahead. But Scouting has mainly taught me things about myself that I would have never known; how far I would I be willing to go, how my character would develop, what kind of paths I can follow, what kind of influence I can have on the world.
Scouting has influenced me to do better and to be the best I can be. By following the Scout Oath and the 12 points of the Scout Law (a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent), I have a desire to work to my full capacity. Scouting has influenced me, through all the requirements and merit badges, to always strive for greater things and to always work my best.
In what ways does Scouting intersect with your Christian walk?
Many scout meetings are still held in churches, which reflects the 12th point of the Scout Law, reverence. Being at this church keeps a Christian atmosphere within the troop, despite the changing times and ways of the world. But one way that Scouting intersects with my Christian walk is how I try to uphold the twelve points of the Scout Law. I’ve found that by upholding these things, despite how hard it can be at times, I am a better person as a result. As I strive to be loyal, friendly, kind, obedient, etc. I find God working in my life to continue to bring me towards his purpose for my life.
What are your future plans, and how do you think that your work with the Scouts and with CHS has guided or prepared you?
I do not have a clear Idea of what comes next for my life. But regardless of what happens, I think that because of Scouting and my 12 years (so far) at CHS, I will be prepared for what post-high school life looks like for me. I think that my time at CHS and in Scouts has made me a better person and better prepared for the future that will one day be my life. By following the morals of Scouting, the Scout Law, Oath, and Motto; I am ready for what life holds for me.