“Eagle Scout” is the highest rank in Scouting. To earn this designation, a Boy Scout must demonstrate excellence in leadership, service and outdoor skills and must have earned a minimum of 21 merit badges. In addition, candidates for Eagle Scout must plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project that benefits any school, community organization or religious institution. This project is thoroughly reviewed and certified by both local and national scouting authorities before the Eagle Scout award is granted”
Some time ago, I realized that a young man I’ve known since he was in 2nd or third grade. was nearing a goal he’d set for himself back then. Chris started out at the lowest rank in Cub Scouts and now roughly twelve years later, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout last week. I had little to do with his accomplishments. The contributions I made towards his Scouting goals were sporadic at best. It has been a pleasure to see this young man grow and mature. In “celebration” of his advancement to Eagle Scout, this was a project I undertook as a surprise for him… As an unexpected surprise to ME, Chris had a “gift” for me too! At the ceremony, he presented me with a pin and an award as his “Eagle Scout Mentor”. I guess we never know when or how we touch peoples lives….
Raw knife stock and finger guard
Prepping for handle
Rough Shaping Of Handle
Lining Up Rivet Holes
Handle Mounted to Knife
On the Belt Sander For Shaping
More Handle Shaping
Shaping Finger Guard & Handle
The Gift I Presented to Chris
We don’t often realize when or how we touch someones life. I am VERY proud of Chris and in hindsight, glad that I was able to provide positive input into his growth.