In Hollywood, awards season comes at the beginning of the year. In Scouting, it comes right now.
Leading up to this month’s National Annual Meeting, the BSA has announced (or will soon announce) this year’s class of Silver Buffalo recipients, this year’s winners of various college scholarships, and this year’s winners of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award.
One of the fun things I get to do for the National Eagle Scout Association magazine, Eagles’ Call, is write about the national and regional Adams Award winners (as well as profile a few of the council-level winners). I’m always impressed by what these young men have accomplished and what they’ve learned along the way. But what frequently surprises me away is the breadth of project ideas they’ve chosen.
If the Eagle Scout candidates in your troop or district can’t think beyond birdhouses, hiking trails, and blood drives, encourage them to spend some time reading about this year’s winners. They’ll find a Scout who built an Albert Einstein mural with 2,544 Rubik’s Cubes for a planetarium, a Scout who ran a “don’t text and drive” campaign, a Scout who installed a water well in a Philippine village, a Scout who restored a 1927 railroad caboose for a museum, a Scout who directed an original cabaret program to inspire special-needs kids, and much more. And those are just a few of the council-level winners.
Your Scouts may never win the Adams Award, but if they are inspired to pursue projects that mean something to them and their communities, they will be winners nonetheless.