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Once a Scout, always a Scout

Eagle Scouts credit Wind Crest residents for support

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October 22nd, 2013

The introduction of The Eagle Scout Roll of Honor states: The award is more than a badge. It s a state of being. You are an Eagle Scout never were. You may have received the badge as a boy, but you earn it every day as a man. That statement could not ring more true than at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo. In the last year, three young men who work in the community s dining department earned the Eagle Scout award thanks to their own dedication and the encouragement of residents whose own lives have been influenced by Scouting.

Resident Scouts

Twin brothers Peter and Kyle McCall, along with lifelong friend Grant Bolei members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 36 each earned the required 21 merit badges, completed a service leadership project, and passed a review board to earn their Eagle Scout award. And all three nod their caps to their Wind Crest supporters. Mr. Rusk, who is an Eagle Scout, talked to me about how it changed his life, says Peter, who has the most interaction with residents as a peer trainer in the Fireside Restaurant. He says other residents, like Dick Coan, who spent 45 years as a Scout leader and Scoutmaster and trainer, would check in to see how many merit badges he had left to earn. Mr. Coan would share stories of going to National Jamboree, where thousands of Scouts gather every year to celebrate the anniversary of Scouting, Peter says. For Dick, watching Peter, Kyle, and Grant earn their Eagle Scout awards was a continuation of his lifetime of Scouting. I had the privilege of seeing any number of Scouts earn their Eagle, he says. In each case, it was a well-earned award based on their dedication to the program. In fact, two of his three sons earned Eagle. Dick sat on Eagle Scout boards of review several times throughout his Scouting experience. The boards review the applicants requirements and award Eagle Scout status.

Mark of distinction

In the words of the Eagle Scout Promise, an Eagle Scout commits to do my best each day to make my training and example, my rank and my influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in my troop, in my community, and in my contacts with other people. In fact, a 2012 independent research study conducted by Baylor University found that Eagle Scouts are more likely to volunteer, donate money to charity, vote, and work with others to improve their neighborhood than men who have never been involved with Scouting. The study also found that Eagle Scouts are more goal-oriented, have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, and are more likely to take a leadership position at work or in their local communities. Finally, Eagle Scouts report closer relationships with family and friends and are more likely to regularly participate in recreational activities.

Parallel values

As a company, Erickson Living emphasizes similar values in its employees, making the accomplishment of these three young men no surprise to the Wind Crest community. In order to get Eagle, it takes a lot of patience, dedication, discipline, and leadership, says Peter, who replaced a fence at the Littleton Historical Museum for his service project. Grant led the construction of a prairie dog barrier near C-470 and Platte Canyon Road for his. The object is to display leadership in these projects, says Dick. Peter and Grant agree that although earning their Eagle Scout award was not easy, it was worth it. As you get up there in rank, you realize it s possible. Then you realize it s helpful in the future; employers look at you more highly, says Peter. It teaches you to work for what you want, adds Grant, who works in the Fireside Restaurant kitchen and hopes to use his Eagle status to help him join the military after college. Peter currently attends Metropolitan State University of Denver (Metro) and continues to work in the Fireside Restaurant at Wind Crest. Though undecided in major, he s considering hospitality management. Grant attends Community College of Denver with goals of earning his associates degree before transferring to Metropolitan State University of Denver. He also continues to work at the Fireside.

Eagle Scout requirements

So, what does it take to become an Eagle Scout? 1. Service and responsibility. The Scout must plan, organize, lead, manage, and complete an extensive service project that benefits an organization outside the Boy Scouts of America, all before his 18th birthday. 2. Merit badges. Of the 128 merit badges available, a Scout must earn 21 of them to qualify for Eagle Scout. Required badges include First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life.

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