People most commonly remember their scouting experiences for their fun camps, the skills they learnt and the discipline that the movement instils. However, a select group of boys who have the opportunity to call themselves Eagle Scouts can attest that scouting is much more than that. It is about creating leaders.
On 20 December 2009, ten scouts from the Boy Scout Troop 758 of Carrollton, Texas, were recognised at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor, which was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Plano, Texas. This prestigious rank is achieved by only five per cent of all Boy Scouts nationally.
Attaining the Eagle Scout rank is very difficult because leadership and inner motivation are required from the scouts in order to complete their projects and meet various requirements. The troop had to consider where their services may be required; whether their efforts would be best spent building bookshelves for a local school or in designing a community garden, for example. While the success of the troop was due in part to the countless hours of support from their parents and other volunteers, it also required a demonstration of hard work, initiative and leadership qualities on the part of the scouts themselves.
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