G L W8 -- Relax! And don't jump to conclusions. There is nothing in the
article that states that these young men weren't fully involved in
directing the projects -- notwithstanding your rush to judgement that adults did
most of the leading out. This is an article in Deseret News, not Scouting
magazine. We don't need all the scouting details. Many of you scouters take
yourselves way too seriously.
(My previous comment got sent in error before it was finished. Here is the
remainder.) An Eagle scout project is chiefly about leadership. The article only
briefly mentions the troop meeting together to sort through the collected
materials, and says nothing about how the scout trained and organized his help.
The impression is left that adults, including the Forever Young Foundation, did
most of the leading out. Articles of this type need to be carefully scrutinized
by any Eagle Candidate before making assumptions that his project is all about
service and not about leadership. The family, foundation, and the scout
district/councils likely did an admirable job to insure the scout performed an
acceptable project. But writers and readers of articles reporting successful
projects should be careful not to arrive at mistaken impressions.
My comment is not a criticism but a caution. Certainly this family has done an
amazing, worthwhile project with their sons. But only one brief sentence
mentions what an acceptable Eagle Scout project should be
This amazing article of such service orientated boys and their amazing parents
really touched my heart. The pictures brought such a feeling of gratitude for
their dedicated work and tradition of serving the children in Ghana. As I
continued reading the article right to the end, I was thrilled beyond words to
find out this Brother Ballard will be the new Mission President in the Oregon
Portland Mission. My husband and I just received our mission call to serve in
this same mission. From our home in Alberta, Canada to Portland Oregon we are
looking forward to getting to know this wonderful new Mission President, his
lovely wife and family when we report to our mission. What a selfless example
this family is to all of us.
Not going to make me jealous. Nope can't do it, I'm not going to think
about collecting all that stuff, meeting a lot of good friends. I'm Not
Getting Jealous, At All. Nope, not me. Ain't going to happen. Maybe.
This wonderful story really qualifies for a Kleenex. What a wonderful
experience for these boys. Helping other people is something many youth do not
know about in this day and age. But these boys are really special, and are
living the teachings of Boy Scouts, to be kind, and to help other. The are also
living the things they are taught at Church. My prayers are with this family.
Living away from Happy Valley out in the real world where they eat thier young,
it is so refreshing and inspiring to read stories like this that show young
people living the Gospel through scouting. Thanks!!