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Old 10-18-2020, 11:13 AM   #1
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Some of you read my thread about taking over the Cubmaster position in Konnor's Cub Scout Pack. Since he's got into scouting, it's rekindled the passion that I once had for scouts.

I got into Cub Scouts before I was old enough to do any kind of organized sports. Shortly after, we found out that I only had one kidney, and there were some problems with its associated plumbing. I had surgery to correct the problem, but the doctor told me that I shouldn't play any sports, to avoid a possible injury to that kidney, that could be life threatening, for me. This stoked my love for scouts. I finished all the Cub Scout ranks, and moved on to Boy Scouts, where I earned everything that I possibly could, including 93 merit badges out of a possible 113 (at the time), and only 21 were required for Eagle rank. I did my Eagle Service Project and had my board of review. After that, the trail went cold. I was the first Eagle Scout candidate, in a newer Troop, and the "finish" just didn't get finished.

I soon got a car, and a job, and gave up on getting my Eagle rank, even though I was technically already there.

Fast forward to the last year. I dug out all my old stuff to show Konnor, and wondered if there was any possible way to finish what I'd started. After going down the rabbit hole of the BSA website, I found a Belated Eagle Scout Application, that was intended for scouts that had done all the requirements before their 18th birthday, but didn't get the rank, for whatever reason. I then got in contact with our Council Advancement Chair. He said that I was more than welcome to submit it, but he doubted that it would be approved.

I spent about 6 months gathering as much information as I could, including letters from 2 scouts and my former Scoutmaster. I submitted everything on August 24th.

I hadn't heard anything up until 2 weeks ago, when I got a call from a very strange number. For some reason, I answered it. It was a guy, at the National level, that reviews these applications. He told me that the Council had not approved my application, but if I could provide him with some detailed explanations, of certain items, that he felt like I had a chance.

Luckily, I was able to get the information to him within a few days. He said it'd take him about a week to review everything, and after he was done, it went to a 5 person panel, for their review, that would take another week, then he would contact me with the results.

This past Wednesday, I got a call from the guy at the Council level, congratulating me that my application had been approved, and I would be receiving my Eagle rank. He forwarded me a letter from one of the top 10 scouting executives, in the Nation, for confirmation.

This journey started 40 years ago, and peaked last night when I shared the news with my Pack of Cub Scouts at our fall camp out camp fire.

As of Wednesday, October 14, 2020, I am an official Eagle Scout, effective August 9th, 1988!

The best part, for me was that this story inspired every scout, at the campout, to want to earn their Eagle rank.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:32 AM   #2
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Way to go Kevin! Congratulations
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:34 AM   #3
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That is an awesome story!! Congrats.


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Old 10-18-2020, 11:36 AM   #4
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That’s great. You finally didn’t come up short.

Seriously. Congrats.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:40 AM   #5
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That is great! Congrats and welcome aboard, Eagle Scout!
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:40 AM   #6
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Congratulations man! It's been a long time coming and glad you finally finished. Thank you for your passion to bring up another generation of young men.
I passed the Eagle torch to one of my sons 9 years ago.
Congrats again from one Eagle to another.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:41 AM   #7
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You went a lot farther than me. I started out in a good troupe, then we moved and the troupe there, did not do much other than the pine box derbies, boat competition, and parades. So I dropped out around 12 or so. Then I was also much more into hunting and shooting at the time. Then I got into 4H.

Congratulations, that many badge, took a lot of time. I remember reading all the stuff required to be a boy scout, that seemed like a lot, to make it to a eagle scout, sounded like it would take most of my life to get there. I guess it did take you a while to get there, so I was not far off. At one point, when I was around 10, I wanted to rack up all the badges I could and planned on making it to a Eagle Scout, but that faded, quickly, once I was in that second troupe for a while.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:45 AM   #8
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Congrats, we were in Scouts for 13 yrs.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:03 PM   #9
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Way to finish strong! Glad to hear your story.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:10 PM   #10
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Congrats, sometimes I wish I had pushed on to eagle.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:31 PM   #11
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Thatís great. You finally didnít come up short.

Seriously. Congrats.
You didn't!!!!!!


Don't let him get to you, Kevin. That's great work.

Congratulations, Little Buddy!!!
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:53 PM   #12
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I thought the scouts were bankrupt, and they were no more ?
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Old 10-18-2020, 02:05 PM   #13
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I thought the scouts were bankrupt, and they were no more ?
Chapter 11 bankrupty does not men they are out of business or defunct.
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Old 10-18-2020, 02:39 PM   #14
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Boom! Great job and thanks for sharing!

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Old 10-18-2020, 02:46 PM   #15
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Congrats.

I completed my Eagle board days before my 18th. Down to the wire!
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Old 10-18-2020, 05:45 PM   #16
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Kevin,

That was an awesome read...congrats my friend and I look forward to your scout journey with your honyak!
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Old 10-18-2020, 05:52 PM   #17
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Thatís awesome Kevin . I have a co-worked that did the same thing . I was lucky enough to be one of the few that attended his pinning of his badge . He was a scout master out of Port Lavaca for almost 30 years .
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:08 PM   #18
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Thatís awesome, way to follow through! Just make sure your cubs know that they need to get it done before theyíre 18!
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:57 PM   #19
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That's Great. Congratulations
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:14 PM   #20
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That's fantastic. Congrats.
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:11 PM   #21
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Awesome. Way to stick with it. I didn't even know that was possible. You did all the work. You earned the recognition.

Are you having an honor ceremony?

.....and God Bless America.
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:29 PM   #22
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Congrats from a fellow eagle scout
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:33 PM   #23
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Awesome!
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:21 PM   #24
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Congratulations on achieving one of the few things in life that can’t be taken away. I think this is one of the greatest accomplishments a man can earn. Well done sir!
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:38 PM   #25
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A scout is trustworthy loyal helpful friendly courteous kind obedient cheerful thrifty brave clean and reverent. Still got it, congratulations I’m class of 1974
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:54 AM   #26
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Congratulations!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:45 AM   #27
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Great accomplishment. Congratulations.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:30 AM   #28
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A scout is trustworthy loyal helpful friendly courteous kind obedient cheerful thrifty brave clean and reverent. Still got it, congratulations Iím class of 1974
My den was surprised when I recited the scout oath and laws from memory. Its weird the way those stick with you.

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Old 10-19-2020, 08:48 AM   #29
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Amazing story, congrats to you
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:53 AM   #30
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Incredible! Congratulations!
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:17 AM   #31
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Congrats Kevin! That's no little accomplishment!


This reminds me of my dad getting his HS diploma when he was 90 years old.
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:04 AM   #32
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From one eagle to another, congrats my man!
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:28 PM   #33
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Wow that is awesome, congratulations!!
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:54 PM   #34
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One of my big regrets in life is not finishing up my Eagle scout. I too had completed my Life Rank and had a falling out with an Asst. Scoutmaster that was there and it caused me to leave just before I started my Eagle project. I attempted to come back about 6-8 months before my 18th birthday, but that Asst. Scoutmaster had become the Scoutmaster. He told me I wouldn't have enough time to complete my project and get approvals from the board. To this day, I wish I would've just dealt with it, but at 16 years old I didn't know what I was giving up. Did attend Philmont and a bunch of the other big time experiences with it.

Congrats on following thru with it and accomplishing something that you should be proud of for life.
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:28 PM   #35
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Congrats on your accomplishment. I never knew you could do that.
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Old 10-19-2020, 01:48 PM   #36
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Congrats. I had no idea you could do that. I will forward this info to a friend of mine who did everything including his eagle project, but could not pass the swimming merit badge. Was drafted to pitch for a major league team, and let it go. He talks about regretting not being able to swim. Funny thing, his house has a pool, and he said, watch this, he literally sinks right to the bottom.
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Old 10-19-2020, 02:18 PM   #37
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Congrats, that is a major accomplishment. Welcome to the club.
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Old 10-19-2020, 02:48 PM   #38
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Congratulations! I hope your boy makes it all the way, too.
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Old 10-19-2020, 02:52 PM   #39
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Old 10-19-2020, 03:53 PM   #40
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Congrats!!

My biggest regret is not finishing what I started and becoming an Eagle Scout.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:12 PM   #41
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Thatís great. You finally didnít come up short.

Seriously. Congrats.
Lmao

Congrats!!
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