OK, truth be told, I was never a Boy Scout. I don’t know why, either, other than close to 100 percent of my childhood was devoted to playing sports and tormenting my sister.
But … man, it’s a treat when they visit the office, or write me a letter.
Both occurred last week.
First, Tiger Cub Adynn came in with his grandfather — to check things out and earn some Scouting points, I was told. He couldn’t stop smiling, or squirming, and, while he didn’t show much interest in journalism, he let it be known in no uncertain terms that he weighs 63 pounds…
A colleague snapped a photo of Adynn and we’re working on posting it shortly.
Then, I received a letter from a young man working on becoming an Eagle Scout. Here’s the letter (I redacted his last name):
Dear Mr. Rhoades,
I am a local Boy Scout from Troop 117, based out of St. Columban’s Church in Garden Grove.
I am currently working on my communications merit bagde. One requirement is to write to the editor of a local newspaper.
I’m sharing information about my troop. We meet on Mondays from 7- 8:45 p.m. at St. Columban’s Murphy Hall. We are a small troop, only five scouts. All five of us are working hard to achieve Eagle rank in scouting. We also go on outings, camping, hiking and volunteer at the community garden.
The skills we are learning in scouting are very valuable. I’ve already used some of what I have learned in areas outside of scouting.
I would like to thank you for your time and letting me share with you about my troop.