My son Ty is an Eagle Scout, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a Boy Scout.
Ask any Eagle Scout or his mother and father and they will tell you, it is no easy feat to achieve this rank/honor.
I watched Ty progress through the ranks of the scouting program year after year. Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout was an important milestone in his life. My wife and I watched his confidence and ability grow as he completed the various merit badges along the way.
Even in this difficult, confused world, where it seems anything goes, I am pleased to say he still holds true to his scouting oath, which is this:
“On my honor, I will do my best
“To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
“To help other people at all times;
“To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
To the mothers and fathers reading this, wouldn’t you be delighted if your daughter would meet or marry a young man who believes in the scouting oath? I know I would.
I am happy to be part of the Laurel Highlands Boy Scout fundraising campaign again this year. I am very excited to be working with Dr. David Carlson, Conemaugh Health System’s chief medical officer and an Eagle Scout, who is this year’s campaign chairman.
And we could not have a more worthy honoree than Scott Becker, president and CEO of Conemaugh. He will be honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award during the 43rd annual Harry E. Mangle Dinner on Feb. 28 at the Pasquerilla Conference Center downtown.
I have had the pleasure of working with my good friend Scott on many community projects, and let me say that you will not find a person more devoted to and/or concerned about the Greater Johnstown area than he. He embodies the scouting motto in every way.
And trust me when I tell you, this man is a ball of infectious energy for which there is no cure, and you will be infected if you hang around him very long. I don’t think I have ever heard a negative word uttered by him about anything.
Dr. Carlson has set a lofty goal of $115,000 to support the growing scouting organization in the Greater Johnstown and Cambria County areas, and I believe we can achieve this goal.
The scouting committee has secured Pittsburgh Steelers veteran backup quarterback Charlie Batch as the keynote speaker for the Mangle dinner.
Batch has played 12 seasons in the National Football League after being drafted in 1998 by the Detroit Lions.
He joined the Steelers in 2003.
I am sure everyone who attends will be pleased to hear Charlie speak.
Also serving on this committee are some veterans of this important campaign: Rick Bausher, Richard Bosserman, Barney Custer, Terry Deitz, Dave Fyock and Greg Young IV.
All of these fine individuals take time out of their busy schedules to help achieve the goal our chairman has set for this campaign.
But now we need your help.
I make a personal plea to you today. Please donate what you can and let me honor your contribution by including your name on the Scout thermometer that now runs every Sunday in the newspaper during this campaign.
No amount is too small, but the benefits of your contributions are enormous.
Send your tax-deductible contributions directly to me at The Tribune-Democrat. You can make out the check to Laurel Highlands Boy Scout Council, 425 Locust St., Johnstown, Pa. 15907-0340.
I promise to deliver it to the Scout office on your behalf.
Folks, I believe with all of my heart in the scouting program. This worthy cause strengthens families, builds character and sets a young man on a path that will serve him and his family for the rest of their lives.
Please help us achieve our goal this year.
It will be the best investment you will make all year.
Robin L. Quillon is the publisher of The Tribune-Demo-crat and senior vice president, Allegheny Division, of CNHI News Service. He can be reached at email@example.com.