Revisiting My Eagle Scout Medal 50 Years Later

What it meant then and now

John Egelkrout

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My merit badge sash and Eagle Scout medal. Author’s photo.

When I joined the Boy Scouts in the summer of 1969, I was 11 years old. From the time I put the uniform on for the first time, there was never a doubt in my mind that I would earn the Eagle Scout medal. I’m driven like that. I don’t like to leave things incomplete or stop halfway through something. I clean my plate.

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John Egelkrout

I am a sanity-curious former teacher who works a small organic farm with my wife. I write about politics, social issues, memoirs, and a variety of other topics.