A Convocation of Eagles
Readers with good memories will remember two years and two months ago, I posted about Aaron Bandler receiving the highest honor in Scouting; he became an Eagle Scout.
Tonight, I saw Aaron again, at the ceremony where his brother Alec became an Eagle, too.
Alec’s mother, Melinda, is a professional scrapbooker, and has saved, sorted, categorized and preserved the ephemera of his Scouting life.
There were three young men being honored tonight–Alec, Casey Albert-Hall and Jacob Gee. The room was full of proud parents and relative and friends.
The mayor of San Ramon, Bill Clarkson, attended and presented a city proclamation to each of the new Eagle Scouts.
Becoming an Eagle Scout requires not just hiking and camping. The Scout need to earn merit badges, symbols of proficiency in a variety of areas. Alec won 23 of them. The prospective Eagle must complete a public service project–Alec worked with the Blue Star Mothers of San Ramon to solicit items to prepare care packages for our troops overseas.
Only about 7% of Scouts persevere to become Eagle. Two in the same family is even more rare. Mike has already told us to be ready to travel to Dallas in 3 more years for the next grandson. The honor will be ours to attend.