National Eagle Scout Association. Perhaps my greatest life accomplishment was the achievement of Eagle Scout status in 1961. I thought about this recently when I saw a rerun of a movie where the phrase "Eagle Scout" was used as a pejorative by a politician's chief of staff. Just a movie, I know; but, it occurred to me that the values and aspirations of Scouting somehow have fallen out of fashion. Perhaps, in our current political climate, we all might benefit from a restoration of the luster of the award. Living up to the Eagle Scout Oath is difficult. However, as a lifetime goal, it is something to be pursued. I am proud to be a life member of N.E.S.A. Let's hope our politicians figure out what is really important, and pursue it with dignity and purpose.
(say Scout�s name)
reaffirm my allegiance
to the three promises of the Scout Oath.
I will do my best to do my duty to God
And my country and to obey the Scout Law.
I will help other people at all times
And keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake, and morally straight.
I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself
The obligations and responsibilities
Of the rank of Eagle Scout.
I will at all times do my best
To assist other Scouts climbing the Eagle Trail,
Especially those of my own Troop, Team and Post.
I will help build America on the solid foundation
Of clean living, honest work and reverence to God.
I promise to make my training an example,
My rank and my influence
Count strongly for better Scouting
And for better citizenship in my family,
Church, community and country
And with my contacts with all people.
I realize that the Eagle rank
Is not the end but the beginning
To this I pledge my sacred honor!