I was involved as a Cub Scout in the third grade. That year, at age nine, my father died of a heart attack. At that point in my life, I had no idea how incredibly important Scouting would become as I grew through my grade school, junior high and high school years. My mom had to give up the "stay-at-home June Cleaver" mothering role and go out into the working world to take a job and provide for her three children. With no living father, and with a mom who needed to work, she had the wisdom to see a good program offered through the non-profit organization called the Boy Scouts of America. With her encouragement, I stayed in scouting through the Cub Scout program and on into Boy Scouts attaining the Eagle Scout award in 1967. From the bottom of my heart I thank all the other dads who took me under their wing, taught me scout skills and life skills imparting integrity, drive and leadership. Such skills have been immeasurably helpful in my career and in the privileges I have had to work with community organizations and to return time, talent and treasures to the community in which I live. So important did I view Scouting's value proposition, that I worked to encourage my own two sons to join the Boy Scouts of America. Each of them earned the Eagle Scout rank. That humbles me. My boys are now adults, but this aging Eagle Scout (I'm now 58 years old) looks over my shoulder to see that our family of Eagles is now three flying in formation. I have a grandson. I am confident he will find fun, excitement, joy and value in the fundamental life skills that the Boy Scouts of America is so expert at delivering through proven programs and initiatives. Do you want to make a lasting, valuable impression on a young boy or a young man? Don't hesitate to take up a role as an adult volunteer and help the boy find a path of integrity. I'm still involved in our local council as a board member. Why? Simply put...because Scouting makes a positive difference in a confusing world. That's a fact!