Mother of An
By Jan Lankford
As the mother of an Eagle Scout I want to tell all you moms who are waiting and
watching your son work towards this award - it is a great feeling when he gets there.
When my son first entered scouting he was 7 years old. Back then they didnt even
have Tiger Cubs. Instantly, I was involved with his den by being a den mother and going to
all the camps. Never wanting to be anything less than the best possible leader I
could be, I strived for the ultimate.
Attending summer camps was rewarding and educational. I believe that I learned as much
and more than some. Scout Sundays, Blue and Gold banquets, the Pinewood Derby, parades,
fund raisers - all the elements that make scouting what it is - enriched my heart to
Scouting is not just for dad and
son, but offers a whole new world and relationship for mom and son, too.
The ties form and the friendship that deepens between a mom and a son are undefinable. Not
only can you be his "Mom", but you can be his friend also.
When the time arrived for him to become a Webelos he had to go on without me. At
that time they wouldnt let "moms" go to the overnighters. So,
disappointed, I stood back and watched him go on alone. This was a difficult time for me
as I had been a part of this program for a long time.
To see him go forward, not only caused me sorrow, but also gave me joy. I had
gone as far as I could; now, he must fly solo. After a while I began to see what he
could do and how far he would go. The pride of a job well done began to fill my
soul, and I stood in amazement at what he accomplished.
Due to excellent leaders who were loving, caring people, this young man accomplished
more than expected. Going through the ritual of tap-outs, camporees, campouts, running for
offices and winning, this young man was well on his way to becoming who He wanted
to be. With opportunities ahead and challenges waiting, he boldly took control of
his life and went above and beyond to earn the Eagle Scout Award.
His ceremony was on a Sunday afternoon. As
I sat there with my heart so full it could explode I listened to all his achievements and
the praises from others. Every mother cherishes this moment. When it came my turn to
be pinned by him, the tears rolled down my cheek and onto the tips of his fingers. I
thanked God for allowing me to have been a special part of his life and sharing and
growing through scouting to be able to arrive at that special moment and time. It
was a day Ill never forget and a feeling that compares to none. Moms dont
turn your back on your Boy Scout. Get involved - be active - help out where you can-
and be ready to see the results of your efforts for the one you brought into this world.
Youll not be disappointed. As for the experience of seeing you achieve such
heights, to my Eagle Scout son - I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Are you the mother of an
Eagle Scout? How did you feel the day of your son's Eagle Court of Honor?
Please share your story as an inspiration to other
mothers and sons. Read the stories on the SCOUTER Forums titled Stories of Eagle Moms and Dads