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#1 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:06 AM

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Just passed his EBOR. (I know we are waiting on national now)  I have spoken of him in past. He has a number of disabilities but has been a hardy camper and backpacker. (120 nights/800 miles in scouts) Very old school. The Eagle paperwork was a major challenge for him. Will age out in 6 weeks but because he was held back in Elementary school still has a couple years to go before college. 

 

Said he was 'over prepared' for Board. Was asked question about views of ISIS and Islam (by chance he was prepared for). Scout law most important:Reverent. Scout Law willing to drop:Loyal (his logic was loyalty to something evil is not a good thing, you may need to drop it). As he is 'on the spectrum' his answers were always pretty direct.

 

I cannot help but flash back to the Tiger 10 years ago who the 1st time he met an Eagle Scout said "someday I'm gonna be an Eagle Scout". *sniff* He did say I made him do it the hard way.

 

 

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#2 meyerc13

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:09 AM

Congratulations!  It sounds like we've gained a worthy Eagle into our brotherhood.


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Yours in Scouting,

 

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#3 Stosh

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:10 AM

Congrats to you and your son.  The road to Real Eagle is not always the easiest, but it is the most rewarding.  A little indulgence is not allowed on the forum, in this case you need full wallowing in celebration.


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#4 ianwilkins

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:26 AM

Well done to him. Congratulations. 


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#5 qwazse

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 09:43 AM

Thanks for letting us know TT!

I personally am uplifted by the good news.


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#6 Sentinel947

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 10:24 AM

Excellent. Congrats to You and your son.
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#7 desertrat77

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 10:38 AM

Outstanding news, congratulations!

 

What is he thinking re a ceremony?


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#8 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 11:57 AM

Outstanding news, congratulations!

 

What is he thinking re a ceremony?

 

He and long-suffering scout mom are in negotiation. He is very nervous in front of people (which is why one SM made him Chaplain's Aide for a year) and would like something where he could slink in the back of the shot. We are hoping his buddy will hurry up with his Eagle paperwork and they can do a co-ceremony. They got in a lot of trouble together...a lot of the not suitable for parents stories came out last night. My wife kept turning to me "that happened and where were you?". But nothing too bad, mostly tales of gastric distress.

 

I was getting pretty nervous my son is through but moves toward his goals slowly and deliberately. When his project came up short of funds he had to do a whole new proposal, etc. I was afraid he would narrowly miss his deadline. 

 

This morning he is feeling pretty cocky. His younger SPL Life brother is keeping his mouth shut to the taunting. And of course since I was never a scout he will lord that over me! ;) But he can have his fun.


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#9 desertrat77

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 12:05 PM

He and long-suffering scout mom are in negotiation. He is very nervous in front of people (which is why one SM made him Chaplain's Aide for a year) and would like something where he could slink in the back of the shot. We are hoping his buddy will hurry up with his Eagle paperwork and they can do a co-ceremony. They got in a lot of trouble together...a lot of the not suitable for parents stories came out last night. My wife kept turning to me "that happened and where were you?". But nothing too bad, mostly tales of gastric distress.

 

I was getting pretty nervous my son is through but moves toward his goals slowly and deliberately. When his project came up short of funds he had to do a whole new proposal, etc. I was afraid he would narrowly miss his deadline. 

 

This morning he is feeling pretty cocky. His younger SPL Life brother is keeping his mouth shut to the taunting. And of course since I was never a scout he will lord that over me! ;) But he can have his fun.

 

If gastric distress/disorder can be classified as trouble making, I think most of the BSA would be "guilty as charged."  :)

 

Your son persevered and made the grade--I wish you all the best!


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#10 UncleP

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 12:08 PM

Congratulations to your son.  I am certain that he is an outstanding young man.  Also, that, despite whatever disabilities he has, he is fortunate to have supportive parents who care about him and dedicate time and effort to him.


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#11 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 01:03 PM

Congratulations to your son.  I am certain that he is an outstanding young man.  Also, that, despite whatever disabilities he has, he is fortunate to have supportive parents who care about him and dedicate time and effort to him.

 

He has his moments.


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#12 Chadamus

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 02:01 PM

Congratulations, Tampa Turtle! ☺
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#13 PA Scoutmaster

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 02:56 PM

Congratulations! The ability to set a goal and keep working toward it will help him throughout his life.


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Posted 08 July 2016 - 04:09 PM

Congratulations to your son and his parents!

Scout law most important:Reverent. Scout Law willing to drop:Loyal (his logic was loyalty to something evil is not a good thing, you may need to drop it). As he is 'on the spectrum' his answers were always pretty direct.


That's an interesting matched pair of questions there. I have sat on at least 15 EBOR's and have never heard that one asked. I'm going to have to ask my son how he would have answered that. Maybe I should also ask myself how I would answer it, and I never even made it to an EBOR.
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Posted 08 July 2016 - 08:05 PM

He sounds like a very nice young man.  I wish him and you smooth trails and sunny skies. To get Irish:

 

"May the road rise up to meet ye, the wind be ever at yer back, the sun over yer shoulder and the rain fall gently on yer fields, and  may ye be in yer grave for an  hour afore the deevil knows yer dead."


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#16 andysmom

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 10:41 AM

Many congratulations to you and your son.

The Eagle Rank is always something to be proud of and as a Mom to a scout on the spectrum, I can imagine how you feel.


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#17 jr56

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 10:53 AM

Congratulations and best wishes.


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#18 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 06:34 AM

Congratulations to your son and his parents!


That's an interesting matched pair of questions there. I have sat on at least 15 EBOR's and have never heard that one asked. I'm going to have to ask my son how he would have answered that. Maybe I should also ask myself how I would answer it, and I never even made it to an EBOR.

 

In a practice EBOR (the Troop does them on request, important for someone who is autistic to lower stress) he had paired 'Friendly' with 'Reverent' as he said honestly discussing faith sometimes offends your friends no matter what you say. This question get asked a lot here and many scouts just say they are all equal and all important and just can't decide. Usually when pressed (I have been told) they drop clean, reverent, or thrifty. I think it amuses the reviewer. 


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#19 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 06:44 AM

Many congratulations to you and your son.

The Eagle Rank is always something to be proud of and as a Mom to a scout on the spectrum, I can imagine how you feel.

 

Hang in there. He just had a much more autistic boy make it as well. It just takes longer, especially if they do it right. I have found the number of scouts 'with issues' to seem higher than the general population; I suspect many parents try as an additional option especially when boys start falling behind in school. Nothing helps dealing with transition issues like camping every month in a different place or with tolerating noise like a Troop meeting. We did discover that putting 30 pounds on his back (as in backpacking) greatly improved his balance and gait--a fact confirmed by our occupational therapist later. Go figure.


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#20 JasonG172

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 12:24 PM

Fantastic News


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