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What do Senator Bill Bradley the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong President Gerald R Ford film maker Steve Speilberg and me all have in common We are all Eagle Scouts Since 1911 more than one million Boy Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout the highest advancement rank in ScoutingBut only about two and half percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the Eagle Scout rank It is a long road but one well worth the journey In addition to being helpful I think being an Eagle Scout surely indicates you have demonstrated the ability to stick with a program to the end Eagle Scouts are not quitters They are by definition completersThere is nothing inherently difficult about achieving the rank of Eagle The skills that must be mastered are skills that any average boy can masterBUT it takes time It takes a sustained effort over an extended period of years Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout takes persistence And persistence is not a trait found in average teenaged boys or many adults for that matter There are no short cuts on the path to Eagle Just as there are no short cuts in life Anything and everything in life that is worth something takes time and effort Taking the time and making the effort to attain the rank of Eagle to complete the program taught me that lesson And I think that is a valuable lesson to learn early in life So trying to be helpful and learning to finish what I start are two important parts of what being an Eagle Scout means to me Being an Eagle Scout has been very beneficial to me On employment applications from high school through my present job at Sentry I have always included the fact that I am an Eagle Scout As a kid adults who did the hiring seemed to like the fact that their prospective employee was an Eagle Scout I
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