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December 2016 Update

Submitted by Neil Lupton, Council Executive Board
and NESA Committee Member

Are you an Eagle Scout?  Do you have a son or grandson or nephew who is?   A husband or brother or father or maybe just a good friend who's an Eagle Scout?  Did you ever wonder whether Eagle Scouts deserve the reputation they have and why they're considered so special?

Alvin Townley is an Eagle Scout with an answer to that question.  In 2004 he set out on a nationwide journey to meet Eagle Scouts and try to understand what makes them special. Legacy of Honor, his book about this journey, is being reprinted after 10 years.  It makes a unique holiday gift.

The original 1911 Handbook for Boys called the Eagle Scout “a perfect Scout.”   But Townley shows that perfection is not the standard.   The standard of the Scout Oath is to “do your best,” and Townley’s Eagle Scouts clearly have done that.

There's former CIA Director, Secretary of Defense and BSA President Robert Gates, who says,  “The wearer is a man of integrity, character and faith. A leader.”  

There's John Rainey of Andersonville S.C. who says, “Many times you fail, but if you stick to it, you don’t give up, you just keep coming back and hitting it again, and again, and again, you’ll make it.” 

Governor Gary Locke of Washington puts it this way: “Automatically people expect more from you.   And that will continue throughout your life.”  

From Astronaut James Lovell:  “I learned to work on my own…This is the thing Scouting does for you … It makes you think for yourself.”  

From Dana-Farber President Dr. Edward Benz:  “Scouting was the first place I ever held any leadership responsibility.”  

From Chan Gailey, head coach of the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys :  “You get told once a week for three years:  "Trustworthy,  Loyal,  Helpful,  Friendly,  Courteous,  Kind,  Obedient,  Cheerful,  Thrifty,  Brave,  Clean,  Reverent.  It sinks in.”  

From Annapolis Midshipman Brigade Commander Travis  Amerine:  “By the time you’re an Eagle,  you’ve figured it out.  Your last project is your service project and you say  ‘All right, I’ve got to do this for someone else.’  That’s what Scouts are about.”

And from an unnamed Eagle Scout:  “Honor is building the best part of yourself every day and sharing it with other human beings."

Some of the Eagle Scouts highlighted in Legacy of Honor are no longer in the limelight.   But their message is real and strong and powerful for today and for the next generation of Scouts and Eagle Scouts.   The book is a great read.

Council to honor three “Outstanding Eagles”
The Spirit of Adventure Council is proud to announce that it will honor three individuals by presenting them with the NOESA Award to at the council Eagle Recognition Dinner, to be held on January 6, 2017.

The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) is a prestigious recognition granted by the local council’s NESA committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level.

The NOESA recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact in the community. A council may award a specific number of individuals based on the number of Eagle Scout awards earned by youth members in a calendar year.

This year, we are pleased to recognize Dave Clayman, Seth Holbrook, and Jamie O’Brien. The three have distinguished themselves in their fields:

Dave is co-founder and principal at Twelve Points Wealth 

Seth is a partner at Holbrook and Murphy, a Boston Law Firm that specializes in Admiralty Law 

Jamie is general manager of the Topsfield Fairgrounds.
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This information helps our Executive Board and Council Staff to make important decisions for our Council.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

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