Written by Phil Cerroni
By Jess Paniszczyn
From military maneuvers to boardrooms, space exploration, technical innovation to clergy and social reform there is no benefactor of our society that has not been influenced in part by the Boy Scouts of America. In an effort to ensure North Texas youngsters continue to have access to the benefits Scouting offers, several Scouting supporters attended the Friends of Scouting Luncheon at the Sheraton DFW on March 8. The event celebrated the Circle 10 Council’s 100th anniversary and served as the kickoff for the 2013 Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign, which benefits Scouting in Irving and Coppell.
“There are not a lot of places in our more ‘citified’ society to go out and learn a lot of the things that Scouts are taught, like camping, building fires and riflery. We aren’t living in a rural society anymore. The life skills Scouts helps youngsters learn are amazing," Jo Ann Goin, Friends of Scouting Chair, said.
Currently a freshman at North Lake College, Garret Smith earned his Eagle rank a year ago. A member of Troop 840 from Coppell sponsored by Valley Ranch Baptist Church, Garret was invited to speak at the luncheon.
“Even though I’ve learned how to tie knots and pitch tents, that is not what I will remember most about my Scouting years,” Garret said. “Scouting gave me the opportunity and chances to succeed in life. Since I have been a Scout, I have had many chances to go to places and do things other kids my age only dreamed of like Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico where we go backpacking for 12 days. I’ve been there twice, and on one trek, we backpacked over 100 miles in that 12 day period. It not only tested me mentally, physically and emotionally, but it also allowed me to grow as a person. I realized that through hard work, preparation, determination and perseverance, I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. It was an amazing life lesson I learned at the age of 16.