By Joseph McMullen ‘19
The journey of a scout is long and difficult. Some begin scouting as a Cub Scout, learning useful skills early, while others begin scouting as a boy scout. These scouts will undergo many challenges in achieving the rank of Eagle, which is the highest rank any scout can go for. Working towards the Eagle rank is the hardest part for the scout in his journey. As for Ryan Kenny, a senior who was recently named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, his journey over the bumpiest part of scouting is almost finished.
One of the many tasks a scout going for the Eagle rank must do is an Eagle project. This project is an act of kindness and service to his community. The project can be as simple as collecting items for a local charity, or as complex as constructing buildings for the community. A few weeks ago, Ryan collected blankets, sleeping bags, quilts, and comforters that would go to the Warm Wishes charity for his Eagle project.
Ryan explained his reasoning for collecting these items: “I was trying to think of something that a lot of people had extras of, something that people might have some good, quality supplies laying around their house … and I know people on the streets need blankets, especially in the colder months coming up.”
Many think, however, that the path of scouting is over once the scout reaches the rank of Eagle. That is far from the truth. Eagle scouts continue to grow and learn more throughout their lives. Scouting is a lifelong journey. All scouts, including Ryan, continue to use the skills they memorize from their experiences, and are ready to use their prior and newly-found knowledge to help others along the way.