I would like to take a minute and say thank you to all of you that are reading my blog. I know of quite of few of you that are and do not know of ALL of you that are…I hope that it is interesting to you and will have meaning in some way, shape or form to you. I hope that you will continue reading and share an uplifting story to those around you and have them read and share the story with another. In the world we live in today with so much negativity, a bright spot in the day with a short uplifting story can make the day seem like the sun is shining a little brighter than usual. Too many times in life we don’t take a moment to see the flowers in bloom, the sun shining bright, don’t think anyone is doing any good today (that’s why I really decided to do this blog—realized that there is so much positive today.. you just don’t hear about it) but in reality, there is so much good going on around us that the good Lord above has provided for us that we just have to take a few minutes to listen to him.. Sometimes it takes a crack in the pavement for a flower to bloom…
My next story is actually about my own son, Aaron. He had crossed over from the pack into the troop when he was 10 & ½ years of age. His second year in the troop, I was approached about going to summer camp for the full week because we were absolutely short on adults going to summer camp. At this stage and time in the troop, we did not have one quarter of parents involved that we do now… and it was very hard to get parents involved. I spoke to my supervisor at work to be able to take the time off work for the week. Thankfully enough, the time off was granted. .needless to say, the Lord knew what he was doing. It was definitely a challenge (for my first time at summer camp) to get all the paperwork in order, including yearly physicals, permission slips, merit badge classes, payments, transportation to and from let alone the actual week at camp.
It was really hard because I was the only leader in our troop that actually stood up to go with a great concern for Youth Protection to be in place, which means by all scouting standards, two deep leadership (two adults, 1 over the age of 18 and 1 over the age of 21) should be in place at all times at all events.. What we actually wound up doing was brothering up with another troop because they had four leaders going which were 2 over the limit needed for their troop. This was my first real lesson at summer camp and boy did I learn a lesson and probably one of the scariest. I had been at several of the scout merit badge classes during the week to check on the status of the scouts, making sure the scouts attended and how they were doing. The summer camp we went to actually had post office boxes in the main leaders head quarters where merit badge counselors could put reports as to the scouts and how they were doing. During the week that adults are attending camp, the camp always offers leadership training on fast start (training on troop functions), youth protection, safe swim/safe defense and the list can go on. During the first two days, I did take all the training that I could being a new leader “on the spot”. During the week, my son was working on the Swimming Merit Badge within the Ranger Program that helps younger scouts advance in rank and knowledge of the scouting program. My husband was able to join us during the last two days of camp. He asked me where Aaron was and I said the swimming pool taking the Swimming Merit Badge. He said he would he like to go watch him during his class, so we left camp and went to the pool where he was taking his lessons. We stood there for a couple of minutes and I didn’t see him.. My husband kept asking, well where is he? My answer was I don’t know… this is his class and he should be here. The next few minutes were a total blur for me…he came up out of the water with his hands in the air and disappeared back in the water not to reappear for several seconds…then came back up with his hands flailing in the air and back down he went…in my mind, I knew something is wrong (only because I had already watched the safe swim/safe defense in the beginning of the week)..and I started yelling for someone to get him because I couldn’t get around the fence quick enough, knowing he was in trouble…I was right…he came back up the third time and went back down not to come back up. He was asthmatic and had gone into an asthma attack during the middle of his swimming class. One of the scouts in our troop realized what I was saying and jumped in to get him. Lifeguards were in place and they were doing their job but every thing happened so fast that it was hard to realize he was in trouble. Aaron was in the middle of the pool with twenty or so other scouts around him. Once I realized that the scout had him and my husband was headed around the fence to help him, I immediately headed back to camp running full speed to get his inhaler. As I was running back to camp, I came across a scout from another troop that was speed running to class because he was late. I finally got him to stop and asked him if he would run to our camp and get Aaron’s inhaler for his asthma and asked him to take it to the pool…knowing I couldn’t get it there as fast as he could. I learned later, he was a runner at his school for track and field. The scout agreed quickly without hesitation, went to our campsite to Aaron’s tent, found his inhaler, stopped back at the trail where he met back up with me to make sure he had the right item I said yes. I thanked the scout and asked if he could run the inhaler to the pool and of course, he said yes. The scout then proceeded to the pool. Who this young man was, I don’t know but he was one of the scouts that was a saving grace that day. By the time I got back to the pool, the scout had gone to his Merit Badge classes and Aaron was doing well. As soon as Aaron had his inhaler, the easier he could breathe. Luckily, Aaron was checked by the Medic on site and didn’t have to go to the hospital. The scout that helped Aaron out of the pool was from our troop. Once the Lifeguard realized what was happening, he took over in getting Aaron out of the pool. If you were to talk to that scout that ran after the inhaler today, he would never realize what he did. I didn’t have a chance to really thank him and talk to him… he was gone before I got back to the pool. To the scout that helped Aaron in the pool, he realized what he had done in helping Aaron but didn’t take a second thought about recognition and didn’t want it. The scout that responded first from our own troop pulling Aaron above water and pulling him to the side of the pool did not go on to earn his Eagle Rank . I don’t know about the young scout that ran to camp for my son’s inhaler. But hats off to both scouts for not even thinking about the right and wrong thing to do… just doing it the scouting way. The Lord gives us Angels every day to watch over us in many ways, shapes and forms…needless to say Aaron had two watching over him that day in the way of scouts. Maybe not earning the Eagle Rank but definitely earning Eagle Feathers…maybe a Golden Eagle feather…
Bald Eagles have larger heads and soar with their wings flat across, like a board. Adult Golden Eagles lack both the white mottling of immature Bald Eagles and the white head and tail of adult Bald Eagles. Young Golden Eagles often have white patches under the wing and at the base of the tail—but it’s always more clearly defined than the white mottling on the body and wings of immature Bald Eagles.
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