Eagle Scouts Journey

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An Eagle’s Journey: A Journey Towards Clarity
Sitting in the church pew as an Eagle Scout, listening to my Scoutmaster and other adult leaders extol my virtues was a surreal experience. How did I get here? It felt like they were talking about someone else. It seemed like just yesterday I was painting my Pine Wood Derby Car and preparing for the biggest race in Cub Scouting. I organized a group of fellow scouts to build a magnificent 20-foot bridge for my Eagle Project, which in hindsight was easy. I loved building things and seeing results, and I was so proud of the bridge we built at Ft. Ancient. I hadn’t really taken the time to reflect upon completing my project and the significance that its completion held. Who were they talking about? Surely they weren’t talking about me.
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As I listened to my Scoutmaster and fellow scouts discussing my accomplishments and the path I took to get to Eagle, I felt unworthy. Sitting there I did not know who I was; I had done this, but it did not feel like I was myself. It felt like there was someone else living my life and I was just a shadow cast from the light of the Eagle Scout spirit candle illuminating the room. They talked with precision, about a leader, someone who goes above and beyond to help others, who has earned 21 merit badges ranging from First Aid to Citizenship in my Community to Cooking. I was always doing the best I could; however, everything I had worked towards felt superficial. Did I really deserve this great honor? Did I deserve to become an eagle scout? These were the questions that were gnawing away at my conscious Here I was being inducted into a brotherhood, a fraternity of Eagles. I strangely felt like I didn’t fit into this elite organization. This was the conflict that I needed to

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