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Monday, August 17, 2015

Turning Point

Recently I dropped Sweet Guy off for a one week long intensive leadership training camp. There he earned a coveted bolo cord.

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The Twin Arrows leadership development course is put on by the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America. It draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles, and successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country. To attend the camp a scout must hold a leadership position in their troop as well as several other requirements.

Prior to attending the camp each scout had to create a white neckerchief with the Twin Arrows emblem on the bottom corner, a name tag made of leather or wood and the pledge emblem.

The hand painted neckerchief.

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The pledge emblem needed be a hand-carved figure “8” measuring 3 inches high and 1 inch wide. It represents the first eight words of the Scout Oath. These three items took Sweet Guy two full days to make. You can see his hand carved emblem just below his shirt pocket.  #I’mwhittlersmother

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At the end of the week the scouts who have successfully completed the course participate in a closing graduation ceremony.

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Each scout is offered a few words by the Scout Master in preparation to receive their achievement cord.

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Presentation of the bolo cord.

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The graduates are then congratulated by each course leader.

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As a mother I witnessed a major transition within my son in a short amount of time. I had dropped him off a boy and picked him up well on his way to becoming a man. He acknowledged that he did indeed feel changed.

But thankfully he still needed me to apply calamine lotion to the dozens of mosquito bites he received while sleeping under the stars for a week. :)

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Here are some of your future leaders of America.

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So proud of the man in the middle.

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Proud to be a,

Scout Mom


Louise said...


Auntie Em said...

Congratulations to Sweet Guy on his achievement! It is definitely something to be proud of.
But while the Scouts may take credit for giving him a great experience and teaching him somethings that will be useful throughout his life, I believe Sweet Mom still deserves the credit for raising this amazing young man.
And I hope those nasty bug bites are healing up and not too bad.

Kerri Van Aken said...

I am so glad "Sweet Guy" has continued in Scouting and is taking advantage of all the great opportunities. From the time I met him as a Tiger, he has grown into a fine young man!

ellen b. said...

A wonderful accomplishment!!

Rita C. said...

That's so very cool, Laura. Congratulations to your Scout Man, but congratulations to you & Mr. Decor for your fine work as parents.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Congrats to Sweet Guy, what a fabulous achievement. You have every righ to be proud.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Congrats to the Sweet Guy on his accomplishment. There is no doubt in my mind that he is a leader!

Kelley Dibble said...

We've watched this young man transform before our eyes-- all of us have loved every mile of the journey, Laura. Thanks for taking us along.

Congratulations to a fine young American. I'm very proud!


GSGreatEscaper said...

Wow! A great achievement and a great milestone for all of you. We'll be watching and waiting to hear the story of the rest of SG's journey to Eagle and beyond.

Linda said...

That's awesome!! Congratulations to both of you!! :)

Vicki said...

Congratulations! And thanks for including us on his journey from childhood to adulthood. I'm so proud of him!

Karena Albert said...

Congratulations to your wonderful son Laura. I know you must be so very proud! What an accomplishment!

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Jaybird said...

Congratulations to your young man!! Two of the greatest men that I know are Eagle brother and his son! I am so proud of these young men who strive to do good things for this crazy old world! Give him a hug for me!