Opinion

Glad girls now have chance to become Eagle Scouts

Living in a society where trophies are handed out for merely showing up, while hard earned valedictorian status is not recognized for fear of making others  “feel bad” — I am pleased and proud that the Boy Scouts of America will offer  both young guys AND gals the opportunity to compete and achieve in a very meaningful way at an early age.

Speaking as the most senior Eagle Scout (since  1955) from the most northern troop  this side of the rocky mountains,  I am confident that Lord Baden Powell is doing the happy dance beyond  the pearly gates.

Military academy training taught me — no excuse sir. My BSA experiences ingrained tenet — on my honor to do my best. Merit badges, earned on  weekend overnights in   sub-zero weather, and skills acquired at summer camp, presented the opportunity to achieve a distinction that U.S. presidents and Navy admirals are proud to list in their resume.

More importantly — on a personal note — I am most grateful that both my great-grandson and great-granddaughter will be given an opportunity to “trail the Eagle” and experience the  challenges, growth, glory and satisfaction that are all part of the journey to success.

E.D.Cormier
Madawaska High School ‘56
Troop 190 Madawaska
Maine Maritime Academy 59E

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