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I am Isaiah Burroughs. I am currently 15 years old, and I have been in Boy Scouts since I was six (6) years old, as a Tiger Cub Scout. It is my goal to become a capable adult, a responsible person, and a show myself to be a valuable leader within my family, community, school, and within scouting. I know that I can do nothing without God, and I pray that He is leading me to become a worthy human being, and leader. I feel that the Boy Scout organization has provided me with a foundation which will teach me to acquire my dreams and set attainable goals. I have already received the highest ranking in Cub Scouts – the Arrow of Light, and I am well within reach of the highest rank in Boy Scouts – The Eagle Rank. In my quest to prepare for my project which I must complete before obtaining my Eagle rank, I learned that there are many people who do not know the value of this achievement. I have prepared a brief synopsis below, as well as a description of my Eagle Service Project. I hope and pray that you will feel compelled to assist me with a small donation towards reaching my goal. My project is scheduled for September of 2012.
ABOUT THE EAGLE SCOUT RANK
The Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts is the largest youth organization in the country, exceeding the Girl Scouts. In 2011, 51,473 scouts earned this rank out of the 1 million registered every year and the 1 million that do not reregister for the New Year and those who age out (turn 18).During every year in scouting there are 2 million active Boy Scouts. Only 4% of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. In 99 years, since 1912, over 2 million Boy Scouts have earned their Eagle rank. The average age of an Eagle Scout is 17 and 7 months. To earn this rank you must complete the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class, which teach basic Boy Scout skills such as Camping, and First Aid. Then, you must earn the ranks of Star, and Life, in which you must earn merit badges and serve in a position of leadership. To earn Eagle you must earn 21 cumulative merit badges including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community/Nation/World, Communication, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Camping, Family Life, Personal Management, Emergency Preparedness, and Hiking and 10 other merit badges - out of the 121 total. Also, you must serve in a leadership position. Finally the most challenging part of earning your Eagle is your Eagle Scout Service Project. For this Project we must plan, develop, and provide leadership within our community. Examples include; constructing a park bench, running a blood drive, doing a map for a cemetery, and restoring a flag and flagpole.
A recent study by Baylor University showed that Eagle Scouts are, ‘most likely to succeed’. In fact, Eagle Scouts are 39% more likely to read books - than non-scouts, 25% less likely to drink alcohol - than non-scouts, and 73% more likely to vote - than non-scouts. Studies have also shown that Eagle Scouts are also safer - than non-scouts, 124% more likely to keep a disaster kit, 100% more likely to have a meeting place, and 90% more likely to be CPR certified. Eagles are also 89% more likely to show respect for the American flag. Finally, it has been statistically proven that Eagle Scouts are more likely to have a job they enjoy and earn more money.
MY EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
For my Eagle Project, I will be holding a Youth Identification Fair. In my research, I have learned through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), that approximately 800,000 children go missing each year and to increase the number of unharmed children returned faster with fingerprints and a recent picture. Some of those children are from my community, county, state and region. As an outcome to my project, fingerprints, photo identification, and even DNA will be provided for free to the patrons, for their child’s safety. Additional information from NCMEC, McGruff (animated dog that promotes safety), and NetSmartz (promotes internet safety) will be provided. There will be speakers from organizations related to crime and safety which will include police officers and employees from NCMEC. According to rules from the Boy Scouts of America, money must be raised from outside sources for all costs associated with my project. It is my goal to receive approximately $500 in donations which will be expensed for materials, tools, and supplies, and other necessary costs.