My son A.J. finished his Eagle Scout project today: construction and
installation of the Stations of the Cross on the grounds of Cardinal Ritter
High School (his alma mater) and St. Michael's Catholic Church here in
(Note to non-Catholics: the Stations of the Cross is a devotional intended to
encourage meditation on the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ. It consists
of fourteen icons depicting various events during His Passion, beginning with
his condemnation by Pilate, leading up to and ending with his body being laid
in the tomb.)
Photos of the completed project here:
Project concept, design, and management by my son.
Scrollsaw work by my wife.
Construction and installation by my son and over a dozen volunteer helpers.
Special thanks to Carter-Lee Lumber Company of Indianapolis
<www.carterlee.com> for their very generous donation of *all* of the lumber
used in this project.
When he was a Cub Scout, his den and a few others took a field trip to the
Marshall Space Center in Huntsville AL. One sentence from their welcoming
program for the Scouts has stuck with me: "Every footprint on the moon was
left there by an Eagle Scout."
I think the research /has/ been done. I remember seeing some interesting
statistics, but it pre-dated the Internet and I can't remember the source.
You might find
interesting, even though far from complete (my father, for example, is
not listed - but I still have his merit badge sash and Eagle Scout pin).
I did see some information years ago. Many of our great achievers in this
country were Eagle Scouts.
Another list; nine out of ten is not bad
This is a list of the top 10 most influential people who received the Eagle
Scout award. (This list is in no particular order)
1. Gerald Ford, 38th President of the U.S.
2. Michael F. Moore, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker
3. Neil Armstrong, First man on the moon
4. James Lovell - Astronaut
5. Steven Spielberg, Film Director/Producer
6. William C. DeVries, M.D., Transplanted first artificial heart
7. J. Willard Marriott, Jr., President, Marriott Corporation
8. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
9. Bill Gates, Sr., CEO of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, father
of Microsoft founder Bill Gates
10. Mike Rowe, Host of "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel
A quick look at Wikipedia casts doubt on that. Wiki would love the
corrections if you've got them.
I checked mostly because I didn't think a dozen astronauts had walked
on the moon-- then once I was there. . . .
Armstrong & Duke -Eagle
Mitchell & Scott - Life
No mention of scouting-
Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, Shepard, Irwin, Young, Cernan, Schmitt
I don't doubt that a lot of Eagle scouts have done well. There are a
couple million of them, more or less, so it is likely that lots of
them did well. [chances are that as a cross section of society, they
counted among the more privileged class so we should expect them to do
better than average]
But how do they rate against their peers? It would take a real
effort to sort them out, take a sample and compare their futures-- but
if we're just going to cite random scouts-- I've known 3 in my life.
1 was a good man, though outside of scouting you wouldn't call him
2 others were not. They didn't do as poorly as Eagle scouts Lee
Harvey Oswald, or serial killer scouts Robinson & Whitman, - but they
were general ne'er do wells.
The Army loves to hire Eagle scouts, especially those that made to the
Scout conventions and remote-area camping events. Much of the stuff they
teach in basic and even in OCS has already been addressed, so the
official military training is usually a breeze for them. Most of the big
Army bases historically have had a very friendly relationship with the
Scouts, although there has been some flack lately due to the Scouts
allegedly discriminating against some kids of non-mainstream religious
beliefs or unacceptable lifestyles.
First man on the moon
Olympic athlete, former
world-record holder in triple
jump and long jump
Mayor of New York City
Guion "Guy" S. Bluford Jr.
Retired U.S. Air Force offcer
and space shuttle astronaut;
frst African American in
Former professional basketball
player, U.S. senator, and
Associate justice of the U.S.
U.S. senator from Idaho
William C. DeVries, M.D.
Surgeon and educator;
transplanted the frst
Former governor of
U.S. senator from Wyoming
Former speaker of the U.S.
House of Representatives and
ambassador to Japan
Gerald R. Ford*
38th president of the
World-record holder; frst to
circumnavigate Earth solo in
a balloon and an airplane
College and professional
Lieutenant governor of
Bill Gates Sr.
CEO of Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation; father of
U.S. secretary of defense and
former director of the Central
James A. Lovell Jr.
Former U.S. Navy offcer
and Apollo 13 commander
Former governor of
Washington; frst Chinese
American governor in the
Richard G. Lugar
U.S. senator from Indiana
J. Willard Marriott Jr.
Chairman and CEO of
Writer and producer of
U.S. senator from Nebraska
H. Ross Perot
Founder of EDS and Perot
Systems; former presidential
Governor of Texas
Former NFL player and
Host of "Dirty Jobs"
Former U. S. secretary
U.S. senator from Alabama
William S. Sessions
Former federal judge and
director of the FBI
Recording artist and
Former U.S. secretary of
veterans affairs and secretary
of the Army
Chrystonacrutch! ...that's one heckuva project. Your son did an amazing
job and definitely earned his Eagle badge.
Not quite sure why my linux box wouldn't play the photobucket slideshow in
any one of my three browsers (crash or blk screen), but here's the link to
view it manually:
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