Editor’s Note: Christian Wilson is a senior at San Marcos Academy who recently achieved the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. Christian is a campus leader who is involved in athletics, student government and campus service organizations. He was recently named to the TCAL First Team, All-State roster and has been accepted to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Following are some of Christian’s reflections on the Boy Scout program.
Early Days in Scouting
I have been in Boy Scouts for 8 years, almost half of my life. I started being interested in Boy Scouts at the age of 10. I was a part of the Bear Pack at my school, Navarro Elementary. After my school decided to disband the program, I still wanted to be a part of the organization. I joined Troop 413 out of New Braunfels and began my journey there. I diligently went to meetings and found out that scouting was really fun. It allowed me to be outdoors and build relationships with people I would normally not converse with. It built my self confidence and helped shape me to become a better person. I still remember my first camp out as a Boy Scout, where I learned how to pitch a tent, and I caught a 4 inch catfish!
Selecting an Eagle Scout Project
When it came time to select my Eagle Scout project, I thought about the Academy as a whole. This school has done so much for me. It has allowed me to blossom as a student and it has given me peers that have the potential to become lifelong friends. I was driving around the marquee by the school and I thought, “Why not put a flowerbed there? It would look wonderful coming around the corner.” I got in contact with President Jimmie Scott, Mr. Rick Fulgham (maintenance director) and Mr. Jeff Baergen (Executive Vice President), and they helped me plan and complete my project. With monetary donations from Bobby Dupree, Mitch Hoffman, Matt and Rhonda McNeil, Jimmie Scott, Cathy Mitchell and the Sabre Bookstore, Judy Behrens and all the students who bought baked goods to sell at the Sabre, I was able to fund my Eagle Scout Project.
Process of Achieving the Eagle Scout Rank
In order to achieve the Eagle Scout Ranking I had to do multiple things. First I had to complete a total of 21 merit badges, 10 required and 11 of my choosing. Second I had to come up with a project and present it to the Alamo Area Council representatives. Third, I had to actually complete my project and record everything that I did. The last thing I needed to do was return to the Alamo Area Council and present my project before them. Once they accepted my project, I became an Eagle Scout. I plan on holding the Court of Honor ceremony in January after all of the ceremony materials are delivered.
Should Your Child be in Scouting?
If someone were to ask me if his or her child should be in the Boy Scout Program, I would say absolutely. The bonding and general activities the Boy Scout organization engages in are great additions to a young boy’s growth and development. Scouting has been and will always be apart of my life. I plan on continually being active in Boy Scouts and if I have a son, I hope some day to see him earn his Eagle Scout Ranking!