“Scouting taught me vital principles and the importance of ethics at a young age. I learned a great deal from both my peers and my leaders,” Mano said.
Scouting also introduced me to experiences I may not have otherwise had including shooting sports, archery and team building games. “The first time I shot an arrow or a gun was at Boy Scout camp,” Mano said.
But most importantly, Scouting taught me to set and attain goals. “The Scouting experience has been vital to my career. As a young man in Troop 947 in California, I helped plan the refurbishment of wood playground equipment so children would not get slivers when they played in the park. It was a great learning experience to organize a group of volunteers on a project that made a visible difference to my community,” Mano said.
Mano earned his Eagle Scout Award at age 17 but was age 18 when he was presented the award at a Court of Honor. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who earns this rank is called an “Eagle Scout”. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men.
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout.
Last year 2,674 Scouts in the Utah National Parks Council (UNPC) earned the rank of Eagle Scout. These Scouts were part of the Scouting family which provided 1,006,776 hours in service –valued at over $22 million—to strengthen our community.
“I am grateful for the skills I learned as a young Scout,” said Mano who donated four rounds of golf to the Utah National Parks Council to be auctioned off raise funds for Scouting education programs.
“If everyone gives a little bit, Scouting will continue to build character and leadership in our future generations. Northwestern Mutual is proud to help support Scouting in our Community,” Mano said. “Our best financial representatives are Eagle Scouts. I think there is a direct correlation to career success and the Eagle Scout award.”
Author: Liz Merrell | Development Director, Utah National Parks Council