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Advisory Committee Chair

Kerry Madden-Lunsford

Advisory Committee Members

Christopher Minnix

Adam Vines

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2019

Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

I started my time in the Boy Scouts of America at age eight. Some of my earliest memories in the cub program consisted of pine wood derbies, tying square knots, and looking up at the stars at Moundville Archaeological Park. I was a kid tied to the outdoors and the organization always allowed me to nurture that relationship. Over the years, I went up in the ranks. I made it through the five ranks of the Cub Scouts to get my Arrow of Light to transition to the Boy Scouts. Once there, I earned over 50 merit badges that ranged from astronomy to rifle shooting. I camped everywhere from the USS Yorktown in South Carolina to the Florida Sea Base in Key West. I snowboarded and white water rafted in Tennessee. I rappelled down in a mountain in northern Alabama. I hiked 50 miles in two days to the Civil War battlefield in Shiloh. I canoed 50 miles in a day at Grimes Canoe Base. I was stung by a swarm of yellow jackets near the Cahaba River and lived to tell the tale. I caught 15 Brim fish in one day sitting on a pier at Camp Horne. I won the summer camp archery challenge with four bullseyes in a row. I could go on and on about all the places I have been and the friends I made along the way. However, to me, scouting is about a few things—it’s about brotherhood, our relationship with the outdoors, and it’s about finding our place in the world through exploration and living life.

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