My son is 19. He and his chum Donald were in scouting together since Wolf scouts. They joined the same troop and same patrol. They tented together, camped together, went to summer camp together. They were SPL and ASPL. They attended Philmont together. They both attended Northern Tier and Florida Seabase but at different times. My son was the crew leader for their Philmont trek while Donald was the Chaplin. They both earned the rank of Eagle. Both have aged out and are currently enrolled in college. They travel back and forth between their two colleges several hours apart to hike, camp and enjoy each others company.
Today the two of them started a 9 day, 110 mile backpacking trip from Springer Mtn, Ga. to the state border of Georgia/North Carolina along the Appalachian Trail. They planned it. They figured out public transportation from their home in North Carolina to the trail head in Ga. They organized their gear, made menu selections, and mailed themselves supplies so they can resupply along the trail.
The years of scouting have prepared them to plan and lead their own expeditions into the outdoors. They invited me to join them at the southern most point of the Appalachian Trail and backpack along with them for half of the first day. I got a hug from both when I headed back to the vehicle and they headed North to adventure. I can hardly wait to hear the tales from the adventure.