We all know that moms are more often-than-not, the sturdy backbone of every functional household; Moms serve as the dutiful, yet often underappreciated taxi-drivers, maids, laundromats, chefs, tutors, nurses, secretaries, therapists, and yes—in the circumstances of my Mom, they most definitely serve as the driving force behind becoming an Eagle Scout.
I have two younger brothers who have both achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Both willingly participated in Scouting activities (most of the time), excelled in skills and knowledge, and completed program requirements to their full extent. However, neither could have ever achieved the title of Eagle, were it not for the constant intervention of a highly organized and motivated Mom.
“I don’t think most mothers are dying to get involved with Scouting. But we do because we know that nothing really gets done without us. That, and we love our sons and want what’s best for them, and Scouting is a positive experience every boy should get,” my Mom said.
Like most, my brothers entered the program at a young age, with visions solely of exploring the great unknown, whittling arrows with pocket knives and catching fish to be roasted over a hand-made fire—not yet aware of the almost sacred implications of becoming an Eagle Scout. My mom, however, made sure to instill this as a family requirement of the highest priority—to the extent of not allowing either brother to drive until the Eagle had been completed.
“Getting through two Eagles that quickly was exhausting. There’s a lot of behind the scenes clerical work that goes into it…AKA my work. But it was so important to me that both my sons upheld the tradition and values of earning their Eagles before that defining age,” Mom says.
While Dad certainly participated in Scouting through hands-on involvement during camp-outs, back-packing, fishing, hiking, canoeing etc., Mom primarily remained behind the scenes as the infamous paper-work filer, merit badge sewer, information gatherer, calendar planner, and carpool coordinator. However, Mom was never afraid to pick up a muddy shovel to help with a trail head or strap on a backpack and hit the mountains with the family.
“It was important for me to participate as much as I could in the fun activities, and to show I was willing to help out on site with projects for my sons as well as other boys in the community…I don’t want to just be remembered as the nagging task-master (laughs)—And I actually love back-packing!” Mom says.
There can be no doubt that my Mom’s unwavering management, involvement, and example are to thank for the official recognition of two Eagle Scouts. I guess that’s (in-part) why it’s Moms who are presented and pinned with a badge of honor by their sons. To all the Moms helping their sons reach the high achievement of Eagle Scout, the BSA thanks you for your service and love.