by Paul Bouy, Jr.
Editor's Note: Mr.
Bouy sent me the following email the day after INSIDE SCOUTING was published on the NetCompass. ("Inside
Scouting" is the final results of the Adults In Scouting Survey for 1999) . I reprint
the email here, with his permission.
May you enjoy the Satisfaction of watching your Scouts accomplish
their goals, for that will be your only compensation. -excerpt from a New Leader
A Scout Leader's Pay Day!
It's ironic I got your
newsletter in tonight's email, since I just
returned from sitting on an Eagle board of revue.
The boy tonight was in our
Troop when he crossed over many years ago. He was what you would call a "problem
child." He gave us a lot of trouble to say the least.
They moved away and he joined another
Troop. His pana, Helvetica, Arial"rents were committed to Scouting so that helped. He
didn't like the Troop and only stayed there about a year. Instead of letting him quit, his
parents talked him into joining a Troop in another town and made sure he was there when he
was supposed to be.
I hadn't seen this kid for
a while until tonight. I admit I was both impressed and surprised by his maturity and good
attitude. We gave him some really tough questions and he didn't falter once. He never
dodged the truth once no matter how it made him look. I know his parents well and can
vouch for this. We have a really tough board and do not believe in "giving" a
boy Eagle. He HAS TO EARN it. This boy did tonight.
One thing he said really
got to me. He wanted to quit several times for various reasons and his mom talked him into
staying with it "for her" if nothing else. After he made Star, he started liking
it and turned completely around. He is a great asset to his Troop by taking leadership to
the max. The Troop is very young and has only two older boys. They run everything and are
doing a great job. One of our board members has 45+ years of Scouting and works with this
Troop and attests to this.
So you see, if we can keep
them interested and active(by hook or crook, or guilt)these boys can achieve that elusive
rank of Eagle.
This boy is certainly happy he stayed on. He told me on
the way out of the door tonight, "Thanks for all the pushing you gave me and getting
me started on the right track. You're one of the reasons I'm an Eagle."
PAY DAY!!!! Guess who's
gonna sleep good tonight.
Thanks for letting me
share this with you. I hope that some leader somewhere who is getting discouraged about
now will hear of this and get a little pumped by it.
Bouy Jr is an ASM and an Eagle Scout Dad. who hopes to claim a second Eagle Scout son
within a year. He reports that, currently, he has been involved in some way or another in
helping eight Eagle Scouts attain that rank. Paul had just returned from sitting on an
Eagle board of revue when he received the email newsletter stating that the final results
of the Adults in Scouting Survey had been posted. Since that night's experience was so
timely, he graciously shared it with us.
to Paul, to the new Eagle, and especially to the mother