its been 6 long years, 6 long indescribable, wonderful years, and now its coming to an end. On October 13th of this year i receive scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout award. I will stand on a stage with everyone who has been on this journey with me saying words and giving me congratulations, but as i think about it i feel this grand sense of finality coming to me. Almost as though im coming to the end of a particularly good book, all the plot lines tapering off, the characters packing themselves away, and the story coming to an end. Honestly with all the recent backlash against scouting as an organization i was beginning to wonder if it still meant the same thing it did to me when i was eleven. then, the other day a mans truck stopped outside my house, i went out and spent 3 hours deciphering what was wrong and when we realized it was the fuel injectors, and beyond roadside help, watched his vehicle until he came back to tow it. When the truck was on the trailer he shook my hand and asked why out of all the houses that could clearly see his predicament i came out to help him. I just looked at him and said, of course sir, I am an eagle scout its what we do. Thats what makes it all worth it for me in spite of the backlash and rage at the organization, it has helped me grow and become the person i am, ready to lead and help anyone who needs a hand.