Eagle Scout a ‘Dirty Job’?

by Chris Brightwell on November 21, 2008

Disclaimer: I normally wouldn’t post this here, but the topic is oddly familiar to most seasoned Scouters and, in fulfilling our duty of Service to our Council, this seems strangely appropriate.

An Eagle Scout and the host of ‘Dirty Jobs’, Mike Rowe recently received the following request from one of his viewers:

I’m not sure where I heard that you are an Eagle Scout, which brings me to my question. Could you PLEASE take a moment & post to my 13 year old son Kelby & encourage him to finish scouting (& anything else that’ll help with this?) Reason I’m asking is that he only lacks 1 1/2 – 2 years in reaching Eagle, but some of his buddies have got him to thinking scouting isn’t cool at his age.

Thanks much,

The Discovery Channel host sent this response:


Your Dad asked me to drop you a line and say something inspirational that might persuade you to dig down deep and find the determination to make the rank of Eagle Scout. It’s a reasonable request, from a father who obviously wants to see his son succeed. But here’s the thing – The Eagle Award is not really meant for people who need to be dragged across the finish line. It’s meant for a select few, and I have no idea if you have the guts to see it through. […]

To read the rest of Mike’s letter to Kelby, head over to his blog on discovery.com.

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