Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout

Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout

Often when I hear people say:  “When he was an Eagle Scout…” I stop and politely remind them that once you’re an Eagle Scout, you are always an Eagle Scout. It’s an honor that our Scouts work hard to achieve and helps set the tone for leadership and community volunteer spirit for the rest of their lives.

Case in point is 51-year-old Andy Strouse, a Delaware hospital plant operation supervisor who earned his Eagle Award at the age of 13.  He is a firm believer in the Boy Scout Slogan – “Do a Good Turn Daily” – and demonstrated that belief when Scout leaders with the Del-Mar-Va Council asked him to help with the council’s new Akridge Scout Reservation between Dover and Camden.

Andy rounded up some co-workers to help provide temporary lights and power, allowing Scouting programs to continue on the Reservation while the build-out of the new facility continues. The work was all performed on volunteer time and Andy’s employer, Bayhealth Medical Center, helped pay for the electrical inspections and fees.

Left to right: Keith White, electrician; John Wiley, electrician; Andy Strouse, Bayhealth Plant Ops Supervisor; Michael Walls, master electrician; Travis McCormick, Council Program Director- Area 2, Del-Mar-Va Council; Mike Strickler, electrician. // Photo courtesy of WDEL

What a great story of an Eagle Scout inspiring others with his spirit of volunteerism!  This is how we help our Scouts be Prepared. For Life.™ and help make our communities stronger by teaching community values and strong leadership skills to our young people.

What do you think of Andy’s story?  Do you have people in your organizations that set the example and inspire others to volunteer their talents to support their communities?  Share your stories here!

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Nathan Johnson

As a member of the Communications team at Boy Scouts of America, Nathan Johnson enjoys finding and sharing the stories that inform, inspire, and delight the Scouting family.


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Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout
Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout
Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout