Skip to comments.No Longer a Boy, Forever a Scout
Posted on 09/25/2006 9:11:24 PM PDT by Coleus
It was 1926. Queen Elizabeth II was born, the first liquid-fuel rocket was launched and a pair of men's pants cost less than $6. It also was the year Charles Soldi joined the Boy Scouts.
Soldi, the middle of six kids living in Orange, was 12 when he was recruited by a neighbor. He quickly advanced in Scouting with the goal of making Eagle Scout, the organization's highest achievement. He earned 22 merit badges and in February 1932, at a court of honor, he was presented with his sterling silver Eagle Scout pin.
Yesterday, Scouting officials from northern New Jersey recognized "Uncle Charlie" with another court of honor, presenting him with an Eagle certificate, patches for his years as an adult leader, and pins to reflect his total years of service. The Scouts don't make a pin to reflect 80 years of service, and a 70-year pin was not readily available, said Dan Stryker, assistant commissioner for the Orange Mountains District, which oversees Scouting in the West Orange area. So, being a resourceful group, the Scouts gave Soldi 55-year and 25-year service pins.
"Your dedication as a leader has made a difference to hundreds of youth," Stryker told Soldi. Soldi received similar praise from Rick Shropshire, Orange Mountains District executive, who said: "This tribute is for you, Charlie. You are loved and admired and respected for all your efforts in your life." While the national Boy Scout Council doesn't keep records of older Scouts being honored, Soldi is among a small group of seniors recognized by New Jersey councils. In the last year, a 100-year-old Collingswood man and an 86-year-old Cherry Hill man were among those recognized for their years in Scouting.
Soldi, 92, said yesterday of his Scouting experience, "I enjoyed it."
(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...
I was a Scout. I would be very interested to hear what the Scout Oath is today...
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.
I assume "God" has now been deleted?
It's still the same.
Nope... GOD is most certainly still there! Some things don't change.
Emphasis on "straight."
It was quite a scene -- flags fluttering at every headstone in the cemetery! It was truly an honor to participate in such a memorial occasion. An experience never to be forgotten. I was certainly glad to be there.
My USMC son tells me that an Eagle award is good for an extra stripe out of boot. I guess that's on account of they should know how to camp.
I wish that I could have been involved in boy scouts -- but I was lucky enough to have two boys go through the scouting program. It was a very good experience for me as well!
Should have read: I wish that I could have been involved in boy scouts as a boy-- but I was lucky enough to have two boys go through the scouting program. It was a very good experience for me as well!
It is TRUE! (not that you doubted your son of course:-)
Here's the linkhttp://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:YFIu-0yKBQMJ:https://www.marines.usmc.mil/RS/BRC/BRCs/40/BRC%252040%2520HO.doc+Can+an+eagle+scout+be+promoted+in+the+Marine+corps%3F%22&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=4&client=firefox-a
Here's part of the text:
3. Current base pay for a Private First Class Some applicants that you as a Recruiter enlist into the Marine Corps can go to recruit training as a Private First Class (PFC / E-2). Here is a list of the quilifying preresquites:
a. Has prior service (other service) with 6 or more months of active duty to include continuous
active duty training.
b. A high school graduate that has evidence of successful completion of a 2-year Reserve
Officer Training Course (ROTC).
c. A high school graduate that has evidence of successful completion of 2 of more years of
Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (JROTC).
Note: Completion of 2 years or more at a service academy satisfies this requirement.
d. Appliciants that are in the Delayed Entry Program, awaiting to ship to Recruit Training, who
refer two applicants that subsequently enlist into the Marine Corps.
Note: The individual making the referrals will be elgible for the higher appointment only if the referrals enlist into the Delayed Entry Program or directly into the Marine Corps or Secletive Marine Corps Reserve (including awaiting IADT) prior to the individual's graduation from recruit training.
e. Appliciants have completed the junior and senior course of the Platoon Leaders Class of the
male or female Officer Candidate Course.
f. When an appliciant enlist under the prvisions of the Musician Enlistment Program.
g. Appliciant is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America or a Girl Scout Gold Award in the
Girl Scouts of America
h. Appliciant has attained grade E-3 or completed at least 24 months in the Naval Sea Cadet
Note: The individual must present full documentation, e. g., official Boy/Girl Scout certificates awarding Eagle/Gold Award status, Naval Sea Cadet Corps promotion / service certificates, ect.
We're really active with our pack this year. My son's 3rd and he's a Bear Scout now. We struck gold and got not only a record number of new scouts this year, we someone wound up with additional den leaders who are simply excellent. One is a mother/father team who are very organized and great with children. The den meeting last night was constant activity. The kids love it, even went fast for me - lol!
Looks like a great year ahead for Scouting.
Don't know why, but our Girl Scout pledge was worded a little differently.
"On my honor, I will try:
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout law."
Just thought of something else, lol. To this day, after having sung the "Star-Spangled Banner" 1000s of times, I still say to myself, silently, at the end "Goodnight, Girl Scouts" and turn to shake hands with whoever is standing next to me.
It's usually at a football game with 100s of people yelling and screaming and cheering for the kickoff to commence, but it is as automatic with me as breathing. At least I don't say it out loud anymore!
ping #15, learn something new every day
....I guess that's on account of they should know how to camp......
An Eagle has leadership skills that others don't have. Leadership development is a major part of the Eagle program.
Yes, somebody told me the Scouts are a private organization therefore the domestic terrorist group the ACLU can`t touch them.
Nice post. I was afraid it was going to be about some kid who had a sex change and was suing to remain in the Scouts. It's good to get some good news, especially when expecting bad.
That Liberty Bond poster is one of my favorites! I have a copy of it hanging in my library.
Not yet. I don't expect it will be. Unless many things change I think the BSA will dissolve before it removes G-d, or before it removes the promise to "keep myself ... morally straight."
It's on account of they know how to lead.
I use to do the same thing in my troop if you can believe it, and that was in the early `70`s while Vietnam was still on when liberals and the press treated our military as the enemy and the commies as the victims like they do today with terrorists. We also use to march every year in the memorial day parade all of which blew me away with pride. Some of the best times I ever had was in the Scouts although I admit we ue to do some nutty stuff. Every year we use to have this thing called the "Blue nose" trip in which we would go upstate New York in the winter and camp out in the freezing snow and freeze ourselves half to death lol! I remember one morning waking up and not being able to dress because my clothes and boots were all frozen solid, this is back when they used the lame canvas tents that use to leak like crazy.
My 16 year old just earned Life Scout.
Boy Scouts is a tremendous organization. I quit as a Webelo (to my regret) I am now Asst. Cubmaster, Wolf Den Leader, Webelo Asst. Den Leader, have a Wolf and Webelo II and even conned my wife into being the Pack Treasurer.
This organization does so much toward turning boys into men.
Bye the way, anyone what to buys some delicious Cub Scout Popcorn?
Coleus: nice post
Sandrat -- thanx for the ping.
Correct. Eagle Scouts leave USMC boot camp as a PFC. My son had enough AP credits to be a college sophomore when he entered USMC boot camp, but he hadn't taken those credits to a college counselor to convert them to college credits. Had he done that, he too would have finished boot camp as a PFC. He's an LCPL now and has finished his BS in Business Administration. My nephew just made Eagle in January and is attending UC Davis as of this week.
My son was advancding so quickly when he started scouts that he was awarded Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class at the same Court of Honor. His scoutmaster counseled him to slow down and mature. Bad move. He had no desire to be slowed down by a scoutmaster. He left scouts and applied that energy to AP classes and graduating with a 4.33 GPA. He could have easily made Eagle.
An Eagle award also makes a difference when applying for admission to West Point or one of the other service academies.
I agree. I made Eagle in April 1972. I was 15 and still riding my old 3-speed bicycle for transportation. As a high school sophomore, I was plenty busy with marching band practices and tons of homework. Eventually, I ditched the band for chemistry. That was necessary as I was a senior the next year and needed it to get into UCSD. My son had the same challenges. He was active in the marching band from 7th grade until his senior year. That eats lots of time. The scouts take a back seat very quickly.
How are the merit badges coming?
It's not just Cub Scout popcorn. Boy Scouts sell it too. We're at about $350 right now for our sales.
I'll bet you could've bought some fancy pants in 1926 for $6.
And the Boys all learned something special too.
Be sure to make all the recommended training POW WOW, Roundtable, Trainer Training, (you need to be trained and retrained at each Den Leder level and so does the Boy Scout who is the Den Chief) Committee level, District level you go to and just when you think you might be done there's Youth Protection annually and Safe Scouting and let's not forget WoodBadge. Don't be scared it's fun.
Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader.
thanks for information
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