Finding your feathers
My name is Sue Davidson and welcome to FINDING YOUR FEATHERS.. I have lived in Pleasanton since 1976 when we moved from Pennsylvania to Pleasanton for work, pregnant with my oldest son. I have been involved with scouting ever since I can remember. Growing up, I was a Girl Scout for several years in my hometown in Pennsylvania. Many of you in the scouting world already know me through troop/district and council scouting events and many community events. When my oldest son was old enough, I signed him up for Cub Scouts in Pack 194. He went through Cub Scouts and then moved into Boy Scout Troop 194. He was very involved in sports, band and other activities within the community. When my younger son was old enough, he joined the Tiger Cubs in Pack 194. He moved up through Cub Scouts and joined the Troop when he was old enough. He went on to earn his Eagle Scout Rank just before his sixteenth birthday. Even though my sons have moved on with their own lives, I have stayed involved with Troop 194 and Boy Scouts. Several of our troop leaders have always shared the same values of scouting and in giving a young man life skills, keeping him off the street, out of gangs and off drugs. Does it always work…no but if any troop/adult leader can give each boy something to grab a hold of deep down inside of himself, pick his head up to go forward in life, life skills to help him along the way, values of life.. THEN WE HAVE DONE OUR JOB…and THAT MAKES EVERY DAY IN SCOUTING WORTH IT—for each scout to find his feathers whether it be one, two, three or a full spread of Eagle feathers (Eagle Rank). There have been quite a few scouts that just walked a way with a few feathers that scouting really impacted their lives and several scouts that have soared away earning the Eagle Rank. Earning the Eagle Rank is the ultimate goal but many times what the scout does learn regardless of earning the full spread of Eagle Feathers carries him throughout his life impacting it forever. National average is that 1.5 scouts out of 100 earn their Eagle.
What is the worth of a single feather….and what the scout takes away from what he learned in the scouting world… Some scouts strive to earn their Eagle and some scouts just want to enjoy the program. Both are really okay because they still learn values and life skills. As we move along, I will share Troop 194 events, District and Alamo Area Council Events, scouting ideas, stories, personal stories, helpful websites and much more from the scouting world. All stories/events that I may share are not meant to harm anyone or to talk about this scouter or that scouter..it is meant to share a tale or story, to give ideas that may help other scouters, to help the public understand the scouting world a little more, to know what it takes in FINDING YOUR FEATHERS..
Coming next week…what a single feather means…