In mid-July, sixteen scouts and four leaders braved the heat for summer camp at Rodney Scout Reservation in Maryland. With long distances to travel and the heat index over 100 degrees each day, we lived the mantra “Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!” With ample water breaks and trips to the trading post for ice-cream and air-conditioning we made it through!
On Saturday as we packed to leave our harsh environment, it happened to be the 50th anniversary of two scouts traveling into a much harsher environment. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their little ship, the "Eagle", on the moon. The following day, Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
Of the twelve men to walk on the moon, eleven of them were scouts, two of which were Eagles (Charles Duke on Apollo 16 was the second)! NASA later estimated that it took over 400,000 scientist, engineers, and technicians to make the moon landing possible. This is probably one of the most epic support teams of all time!
So, when it comes time for you to land your "Eagle", who will be part of your support team? Parents? Leaders? Merit badge counselors? Camp staff? Fellow scouts? How many people will it take for a successful landing?