Troop 68, BSA
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Now, far away, loom the hazy outline of the Eagle Summit, flanked by the lesser ranks that represent Star and Life. To the newcomer, they are a long way off, but they will come a lot closer as the light from the spirit of Scouting continues to spread.

Do you remember when you were the new Scout and the thought of becoming an Eagle seemed a long way off or even an impossible goal to achieve.

Look back at the experiences you have encountered in your striving to reach this high achievement. These experiences should not be forgotten. You should profit by making sure the adverse ones do not occur again. Experience is a valuable teacher if you will heed its lessons.

All the while you were on the trail, we watched you study and we saw you learn by doing. First, you were only a Scout.

I am the Scout. My badge represents the international brotherhood of Scouting which I have joined. 





Do you remember when you took your first step upon the trail to become an Eagle. With that first step you began to grow physically, mentally, and morally. You started living the Scout Oath and Law. Soon you had attained the Tenderfoot Rank.


I am the Tenderfoot. My three points stand for the three points of the Scout Oath: Duty to God and to country, duty to other people, and duty to yourself. You will find me on the mariner's compass, forever pointing the way to the north star and a safe journey in life. On my face are two stars representing truth and knowledge. The shield is an emblem of a nation molded together in justice, and an eagle guards the freedom of my land. 



Second Class


Once inspired by the Spirit of Scouting, you will not stay a Tenderfoot for long. Putting a simple achievements behind you, you quickly climb to the rank of Second Class Scout.


I am the Second Class. The ends of my scroll are turned up in the willing smile of a Scout. On my face is the motto, "Be Prepared," and suspended from me is the knot, tied to remind you of the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America, "Do a good turn daily."



First Class


Some, like you, were stopping to catch their breath before continuing along the trail. You began to study more, you worked harder, and almost before you knew it you topped the first summit on the Trail to Eagle when you receive the First Class Badge.


I am the First Class. I was a Tenderfoot and laid my course by the stars of truth and knowledge, and girded myself with the righteousness of justice and freedom. I added a smile that I might be a friend to all and bound myself together with the knot of duty to others.





There you found a tempting green meadow by a crystal-clear stream bathed in the sun. Here you were tempted to remain. Yes, you could have remained there to live the First Class glory, but your ambition stirred you on. We remember your advancement to Star Scout.


I am the Star. Now that I can stand alone, I have the right to improve on my own. To me goes the honor of choosing my field. Before me lies a horizon of endless opportunities.





The trail from First Class to Star rank was not as difficult as it had seemed. This spurred you on, and again you climbed farther. The trail was steeper and less worn. Fewer Scouts seemed to be headed in your direction. You looked down and saw the crowds below you. You looked up and saw a few above you and, with the same determination with which you started your climb, you continued up the trail. Gaining the next summit was not easy. Much leadership, service and hard work had to be done. Soon, you earned the badge of Life rank.


I am the Life. I have shown the whole world that scouting is in my heart. I have mastered the knowledge of subjects that will benefit my country and my fellow man. I am ready to reach for my wings to fly.





While the Life Scout is a much coveted position and deserves much credit, the Eagle Trail does not stop there. It still leads on to the summit. Its pathway narrows and steepens considerably as it winds its way along the narrow ledge. It becomes tougher and more trying. Many things have to be done in order to conquer these last miles. Additional merit badges were earned. Your leadership and service to others were tested through your Eagle Service Project. Only those with the greatest amount of persistence and courage are able to gain this thrill of victory. You were on your way to Eagle.


Yes, we have watched your character unfold and become more manly. We have watched your leadership expand into a valuable asset. We have watched your mind develop and your wisdom increase. We have watched all these things in you and now that you are on the threshold of your goal we welcome you, for you have done your climbing in a true Scoutlike manner.


I am the Eagle. Since the beginning of time, man has used me and my brothers as a symbol of Royalty, Power, Victory and Valor. My strength and courage has inspired men throughout the ages. I am prepared to stand for the virtues of freedom, strength and pride. I am prepared to serve my God, My Country and My Fellow Man. I am prepared to stand for Honesty, Truth and Integrity. I am prepared to lead others and to accomplish set tasks to the best of my ability. I am prepared to cross all lines of race, creed and nationality. I am prepared to be self reliant and resourceful.

I am the Eagle. I am prepared.