“He led no armies into battle, he conquered no countries, and he enslaved no peoples… Nonetheless, he exerted a degree of power the magnitude of which no warrior ever dreamed. His name still commands a respect as sweeping in scope and as world-wide as that of any other mortal – a devotion rooted deep in human gratitude and untainted by the bias that is often associated with race, color, politics, and religion.”
“Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation….”
“Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward” Thomas Alva Edison” 
Thomas Edison was an amazing man although as a child many, especially his teacher, thought there was something wrong with him because he was always questioning. But he said of his mother, whom he loved, ” [she] was the making of me… [because] she was always so true and so sure of me… And always made me feel I had someone to live for and must not disappoint.” 
What mother of a Scouting age boy does not want her son to say the same about her or does not believe in her son when no one else does? Mothers are crucial to the success of Scouting and make a difference in the lives of their children.
On October 22, 1879 (See This Week in History, Oct 22), Edison, using a filament of carbonized thread, tested the first practical electric incandescent light bulb (it lasted 13½ hours before burning out). 
If you as a Scout like a challenge, then earn the Thomas Edison Supernova Award, part of the Boy Scouts of America STEM program.
Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council
1. See Thomas Edison, “Welcome to Edison’s Home Page.”
2. See Thomas Edison, “Biography.”
3. See Wikipedia, “October 22.”