One of the greatest achievements a young man can achieve is earning his Eagle Scout award. It requires learning outdoor skills, physical fitness, good citizenship, and demonstrated leadership ability. It also usually takes the support of friends and family over a period of several years.
I had the honor of being hired to photograph an Eagle Scout Court of Honor in early June for six young men in Troop 20, chartered to Garden Street Methodist Church in Bellingham. These Scouts, now graduating high school seniors, have been together in Scouting since first grade. They’ve supported each other, had fun together, and from everything I heard at their Court of Honor had a positive influence on Troop 20.
Congratulations to Danny Gibson, Loren Bates, Jeffrey Finkbonner, Walter Hathaway, Justin VonFeldt, and Albert Goo. They’re headed in different directions for college and careers but I have a strong feeling they’ll be back together as often as they can.
I’ve been a Scout leader for many years, not as active now as I was when our two boys were in Scouts, but still a strong supporter of the program. The Boy Scouts of Amerca celebrates its 100th birthday this year.
I have a standing offer of a free studio portrait for any Eagle Scout in uniform, with a free 8×10 for him and one for the Eagle gallery in the local Paul Kemsley office.