The Peak of Scouting

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


"Mr. Grove, you can come back in the room now." Wiping pints of sweat off my forehead, my heart racing, I reenter the room containing four people: the four people whose sole job is to challenge everything I have done for the past six years. Maybe I will pass. Maybe I will not.

Let's go back about forty-five minutes in time to the same room.

"Max, good to see you here! You have worked very hard to get to this point!" I shake hands with everybody and we sit down.

At this point, I already felt as though I had sprinted a mile. Six years of working in Boy Scouts brought me to this peak: the Eagle Scout Board of Review. The Board of Review is a chance to look back on your Scouting path and for the National Scout Committee to see if you truly fulfilled all of the requirements for the Eagle rank. I hand my Advancement Chairman all the necessary paperwork. Seemingly simple questions are then asked of me: how did you demonstrate leadership, what do our oath and law mean to you, and what is your favorite Scouting memory? I answer them all honestly in the heat of the moment. I tell them that I served as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Guide, and just smiled the whole time. I speak about my leadership role as Senior...

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