Thursday, March 20, 2014

Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye ----Helen Keller

Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

This past year, I've had the pleasure of mentoring a young man with autism, Erik, in his quest to become an Eagle Scout.  His final Eagle project, after exploring different options, was to clear a lakefront at the Carolina Living and Learning Center, and embellish the area with bird houses and flower bulbs.

Bird house construction

Speaking about his project to the entire troop--a daunting task for a person with communication difficulties, but he did it!

Clearing Lake Front

Not only did he have to plan this, but he had to lead scout crews on multiple days.  This all took some patient coaching (by me) but he was delightful to work with and did a great job.

Completed Project!!!!

Last Sunday, was Erik's Court of Honor with Troop 820 in Chapel Hill, and we were all extremely proud.   Achieving this rank took years of merit badges, camping, advancement requirements, leadership positions, and meetings.  It's no easy feat for any boy, and rarely happens with scouts with disabilities.   I learned so much about scouts, autism, and teenagers while helping Erik, and will always remember this wonderful day.

Pot Luck Preparations

Boy Scout Oath and Law

Backed by the Eagles of Troop 820
Proud parents! 

Congratulations Erik!   

“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
Helen Keller



  1. As a parent of another Troop 820 Eagle Scout, I will say that Erik's ceremony was truly special and touched my heart. A HUGE amount of praise goes to the Scouts and Leaders of Troop 820 for their support of Erik and his years-long path to Eagle, to Mrs. Morgan who is the wife of one of our leaders for her commitment and dedication to Erik and his project, and to Erik's dad, Mark, who is one of the most loving, patient, and dedicated dads that I know. Great job! xoxo, Beth Teague

  2. My son was also in Boy Scouts and I know this is a tremendous accomplishment! Way to go Erik!

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