Through activities ranging from hiking and camping trips to educational and career-oriented programs, the Boy Scouts of America aims to cultivate values such as trustworthiness, outdoors skills and good citizenship in all of its 2.7 million youth members.
Senior Brian Berry started his own career as a Boy Scout at a young age, and he stuck with it until the end, becoming an Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts’ highest honor.
Being an Eagle Scout is not an easy feat, and it requires much time and effort.
“Being an Eagle Scout is a right that has been given to a boy who has succeeded in the ranks of the Boy Scouts,” Berry said. “There are seven ranks, Eagle Scout being the highest. It’s also the hardest to get, but the most rewarding.”
This honor comes with new responsibilities that other members of the Boy Scouts just don’t have, but it also comes with a sense of relief after having made it so far.
“It feels pretty good because after all this stuff you tried to do for this, the weight’s been lifted off your shoulders,” Berry said. “It’s a hard thing to get, but you’re also part of the 2 percent of the Boy Scouts that have continued to go through what you have to go through to become an Eagle Scout.”
The physical and mental steps required in order to become an Eagle Scout are great, and they require a specific strength of mind.
“The hardest part for me was making sure that I had the time to do it,” Berry said. “It’s not difficult. You just have to make sure that you have the time to do all that it requires.”
Whether an Eagle Scout or not, the organization gives young men opportunities from which come memories that will last a lifetime, making the Eagle Scouts’ “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle” slogan ring true.
“The fun thing about Boy Scouts is that with all the campouts, there are tons of memories to make, some good and some bad,” Berry said. “Most of mine have been good. It’s more of a physical thing than a mental thing, and I liked that because it kept me active. And now that I’m 18, I’ve become an adult and you’re no longer part of the Boy Scouts, I get to look back on what I’ve done with them.”
MACKENZIE OVERTURF is a sophomore at Guyer High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” program for student journalists.
“The fun thing about Boy Scouts is that with all the campouts, there are tons of memories to make, some good and some bad. Most of mine have been good. It’s more of a physical thing than a mental thing, and I liked that because it kept me active.”
— Guyer High School senior Brian Berry