I was at a Boy Scout Eagle court of honor tonight for one of my younger cousins. This is in the same scout troop where I did my scouting as a youth. At the end of the ceremony all the Eagle Scouts in the audience were invited to come to the front. As I stood with the rest of the Eagle Scouts I noticed one thing that was surprising to me – still in the audience were three of the men who had been the most active with the scouts over the last two decades. These three men had been responsible for dozens of boys from this troop earning their Eagle Scout award and yet they had never achieved that honor themselves.
As I thought about the great influence they had on the lives of so many young men over the years I thought that they deserved to be honored. I know that the rank of Eagle is one that must be achieved as a youth and thus they could not receive it now, but I thought that they deserved a notice in this small corner of the web – if nowhere else.
In my book Rick Frandsen, Bob Wood, and Karl Mortenson are honorary Eagle Scouts. I hope that I can do as much good for others as an adult as they have done for me and others in our youth.