COLLEGE: Ohio State University
Since becoming a member of Troop 259 of the Boy Scouts of America in 2005, the Scouting program has taught me life lessons that I could never forget. In fact, I learned my first life lesson on one of my first patrol campouts.
I remember well the dreary setting of this campout. Our patrol was not prepared for the endless rain and the cold weather the weekend had to offer, and we were all miserable because of it. But out of our mistakes came our realization of what we needed to do to make future trips run smoother. That weekend taught me the true value of the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”
Two simple words, but two words easily overlooked in our excitement to go camping. From that point on, as Patrol Leader, I made sure no equipment for any outing was forgotten. When I was elected Senior Patrol Leader of my troop, I again ensured that nothing was left out for any future Scouting events.
I discovered that the trait of being prepared that I possessed from being in the Scouting program remained with me whenever I faced a difficult challenge or deadline for school or other extracurricular activities. I made it my goal to be prepared for any challenge that came my way. Whether there was a huge Spanish project that needed to be done or just a fundraiser needing a decision for Student Government, I always felt that I had the confidence to get through any obstacle in my way because of what Scouting had taught me.
The Boy Scouts of America program has helped me learn teamwork, self-reliance and the self-assurance to handle any challenges that cross my path in life. If it hadn’t been for this program, I would have missed out on some of the most exciting activities I have ever experienced. But the lessons that Scouting has instilled in me have made a far greater impact than just going on camping trips, and I can say without reservation that the Scouting program has matured and prepared me for whatever lies ahead in the future.