A Boy Scout for life
Many young boys these days have to face the challenge of finding the way of being incorporated into the community that they are living in. I have found mine through the Boy Scout Organization (my troop is 242); we help the community in making it a better and more safe place to live in, we participate in different events such as the Fourth of July parade in Aspen, the River Cleanup Day in Basalt and many other event through our neighbor communities.
There are many opportunities to meet with other troop members throughout different camp-outs that we participate in, such is the National Youth Leadership Training program, National Jamboree, Merit Badge Rally, summer camps and much more. We also have 124 different choices that we get to have in getting merit badges. Each of us has the chance to experience different subjects, anywhere from cooking, first aid, emergency preparedness, aviation, etc.
Hopefully out of all those choices we can find a keeper hobby, or a talent to practice through in our lifetime, or simply many different subjects that we can talk about when we meet with other people. My experience with previous Boys Scouts that already have earned the highest rank (Eagle) throughout my troop has motivated me to continuing doing what I am doing and hopefully one day very proudly I am going to be able to say to my own children that I made it to Eagle, and share all my fun experience that I am receiving with my troop.
I would like to extend my gratitude to Mark Murphy for being the troop scout master and for holding the troop all together, my parents Ligia and Jerry Evert for being involved with the troop, the Elk Lodge (especially Mr. Miller) for their financial support, and the entire adult section who also make all of this possible for all young boys who are enrolled with our troop.
If you are interested in finding a way to be incorporated into your community, consider joining us; it is a lot of fun and a good way to make a difference to others, your community and yourself.
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