I joined Cub Scouts and quickly burned out on 'crafts'. Stayed out till I was 13 when my parents forced me to attend a meeting of Troop 67 in Atlanta. Seven new kids joined that night - and since I was the oldest the Scoutmaster decided I should be the patrol leader. I was hooked and stayed actively involved in scouting for the next 25 years.
Never made Eagle - I tried but given the required waiting periods between ranks, starting at almost 14 I just couldn't make it past Life by 18.
Served as Asst. Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, District Order of the Arrow adviser, Trainer. Led 5 trips to Philmont, 2 Jamborees and 3 National OA conferences and was awarded the Silver Beaver.
Then my job changed and so did my life. I started traveling internationally for work - being gone months at a time. I also had 2 girls who had NO interest in Girl Scouts. So I turned the Troop over to my Asst. SM and he's been running it for the last 25 years. Sadly, I never had time to get re-involved.
My experiences in Scouting, and especially at Philmont, quite literally changed my life in so many ways. I found God on the top of Tooth of Time Ridge - seriously. And I still have many friends from those great years in Scouting.
Buddy Ray - Atlanta
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