By James Feichtner
There are a lot of clubs available to the community’s youth, but few are as historic as the Boy Scouts of America. Many young boys participate in Scouts all over the country, but not all of them make it to the prestigious title of Eagle Scout.
Michelle Carroll, a local Carmel mother, has had the honor of watching all three of her sons reach the Eagle Scout rank. With only six percent of all Boy Scouts making it to the Eagle rank in 2013 according to BSA’s website, having three in one family is for Carroll quite an accomplishment. All of her boys are members of Troop 132, in Carmel.
Carroll believes that her three sons Sean, 19, Robert, 17, and Michael, 14, have all greatly benefitted from their time in the BSA. While the organization teaches many useful trades, she believes that one of the greatest impacts it has had on her sons is getting them out of their comfort zones.
“It’s not so much the skills that they’ve learned, it just made them more outgoing,” she said. “Any opportunity that comes out they’re willing to say, yeah I’m going to try and do that. It’s just being able to be open to do those things and I think through scouting that’s helped them a lot. I don’t think they would be as outgoing if they weren’t exposed to those opportunities.”
Carroll loves how outgoing here sons have become, but also how scouting has also prepared them for their future.
“The life skills my boys have learned through scouts puts my mind at ease,” she said. They will be prepared for whatever comes their way. And, by making the commitment to achieve the rank of Eagle, I know they will continue to put in every effort to reach any goal they set their mind and heart to.”
Did you know?
To become an Eagle Scout, a scout must plan and complete a community service project.