Daily Archives: September 3, 2012

Eagle Scout

Aside from my Parents, my involvement in Scouts has been one of the most influential parts of my life. I went all the way from Cub Scouts, to Boy Scouts, to Venture Scouts, to being a respected adult leader with Troop 99.  In Scouts I have learned how to survive out in the wilderness and in today’s society. I Learned how to have fun and be responsible at the same time. I learned an abundance about empathy and leadership. I have learned so much I don’t even think I can remember to list every little thing. It is very difficult to summarize my whole Scouting life but someday when I write a book I will be able to share everything.

I am proud to say that I am an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Scouting program. The road to Eagle was not easy, it required lots of time, dedication and hard hands on work. The Scouting program is such a wonderful program, and the set of boys and adult leaders I grow up with have made the experience about as wonderful and fun as it possibly could be.

Later on in the troop the Venture Crew was created and It was created in an effort to keep the older boys interested and keep them involved in the troop to help the younger boys. Venture Scouts was some of the most fun I have ever had. We did things I never thought I would be doing, like white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, back packing in New Mexico and Montana, and so much more.

After I Turned 18 I was no longer a boy in the troop I became an adult leader. As an adult leader I took on many roles and helped in many ways. I was even teaching the younger boys how to be leaders themselves. Today my Scouting involvement has been very minimal. I have no excuse other then following life’s path. I am still in touch with so many people from my troop and my “Scout Spirit” will forever remain. This Eagle Scout shall never lay his 20+ year involvement in Scouting to rest, for it would be a great disappointment to who I am today. So many of the boys who are not so much boys these days still look up to me and I don’t know if they realize how much that means to me, how good it makes me feel. I would like to even assume that I may have had a little influence on the other adult leaders in the troop as well.

Forever I will live my life by the Scout Oath and Law  “On my honor, I will do my best”

http://www.usscouts.org/advance/boyscout/bsoathlaw.asp

Next up I would like to touch on family and friends. Hang in there I will talk about my goals after family and friends then I will begin present day positive experiences, life lessons, and beneficial thoughts. Of course there are things I will throw in from my past that seem worth while to share.

2 Best Friends

I suffered from depression just like many other people. I am not here to give you statistic because that is just not going to be a positive thought no matter what number I throw out there. Suffered…. I meant to say that. Some say you never really get rid of it %100 but I don’t think that way. Every time it seemingly tries to show its ugly face in the back of my head I throw myself into UP Mode (Ultra Positive Mode). I will get more into UP Mode later.

It was very evident after 6th grade that I was very depressed. At the end of the school year the biggest crush I ever had, Allison, had given me her number and told me to call her over the summer. I never did call her, and from that point on I started losing all the friends I had in school. There was one person that stuck around during this time and that was Chris. To this day we are still best friends and he has carried a great importance on my life. A few years had gone by and Chris and I started chilling with other people in our neighborhood. Through comical stories of; getting hit by nunchucks,  breaking legos, hide and seek, laser tag, and video games, Chris and I started hanging out with Jake and another Mark. In the words of Jake today, “and the long of the short of it” Jake and I became best friends too.  Lots of people have one best friend but I have 2, I could never pick one over the other. With Chris and Jake it seems as though they have been part of my whole life, and I would say the 15-20 years is a huge chunk of time. From Chris and Jake I have developed an every growing circle of the absolute most amazing friends anyone could ever ask for.

Backing it back up, after 2 years of personal counseling I had a great new handle on my own depression. This has changed my life forever. It was weird to be able to concur it and then recognize exactly when it was trying to come back each time. After years of progress it seems as though It is gone for good. Having a good attitude on life certainly helps this too!

I think that is good for now. The next post I will talk about how Scouting has positively influenced my life.

Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

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