By MICHAEL MORRICAL
On Feb. 8, I had the honor of attending the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Eric Sorrels and Reed Sorrels. Lebanon should be extremely proud of their accomplishments. Reaching the rank of Eagle signifies that Eric and Reed have learned practical life skills that will enable them to “be prepared” for whatever life may have in store for them.
For Eric, Reed and all Eagle Scouts in attendance, including Hardie Sorrels III and Hardie Sorrels IV, the conferment of the rank of Eagle Scout to Eric and Reed was a re-affirmation of the steadfast values of scouting expressed in the Boy Scout Law and Boy Scout Oath:
Boy Scout Law “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.”
Boy Scout Oath
“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help others at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
For me personally, the ceremony was a cause for reflection on my own scouting experience and its parallels to the experiences of Eric and Reed. You see, I also come from a family with a legacy of scouting. My grandfather, father, uncles and brothers are all Eagle Scouts. My father and grandfather serve as scoutmaster and assistant scoutmaster, respectively. Through scouting I spent countless hours with my grandfather, father and brothers. I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. I learned practical life skills and a way of living.
Lastly, the ceremony was a call to action. In addition to the Eagle Scouts with a family legacy of scouting, there are countless other young men who become the first, but probably not the last, in their family to attain the rank of Eagle. For each of these trailblazers, there are many scouts who never reach the rank of Eagle. Unfortunately, many of today’s young boys are not exposed to scouting at all.
On the day this editorial is published, the Boy Scouts of America are hosting the 6th Annual Walton Trail District Patron Luncheon to raise funds to support the Boy Scouts of America. If you share the values expressed in the Boy Scout Law and Boy Scout Oath and you want to ensure that these values persist through challenging economic times, please invest your time and resources to ensure that every young boy has an opportunity to become an Eagle Scout. Your investment will continue the cycle of scouting and pay dividends in our community for years to come. Donations can be sent to Boy Scouts of America Walton Trail District P.O. Box 150409 Nashville, TN 37215 or you may contact Lindsey Sublett, district executive, at (615) 463-6321.
Editor’s Note. Michael Morrical is a Lebanon resident, Walton Trail District Patron Luncheon Chairman and Eagle Scout Troop 202 Logansport, Ind.