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