A scout's foremost responsibility is to live with honor...to be loyal...to be courageous...to be cheerful... and to live with service. This sums up the Eagle Scout Challenge, which is read at every eagle ceremony. This describes what being an Eagle really means. Click on the image to see a larger version of the Eagle Scout Challenge.
It seems like only yesterday, his eyes were lit with joy, As we watched with admiration, this uniformed little boy. Campouts, picknicks, pinewood cars, the years slipped quickly by, The colors changed from blue to green, in the twinkling of an eye. Soon came ranks of Tenderfoot, Second, First, and Star, Each leading toward that final quest, once visioned from afar. And then the rank of Life, and as life can often do, The goal so close within his grasp, was dimming from his view. Yet from within he found the strength to reach that final quest, Remembering words from years gone by: I WILL DO MY BEST. It seems like only yesterday, his eyes were lit with joy, As we watched in admiration, this uniformed little boy. Now with an eagle upon his chest, he soars, where once he ran, No longer this uniformed little boy; our Son... an Eagle... A Man. ~~Mike Wood
These certify that I have achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Just a little piece of paper that represents many years of hard work, and so much more.