Karel awarded as Eagle Scout
What does it take to be a young man these days? Most of us would not be able to describe what a young man or woman would be like. Laurie Karel pins her son Mike during Mikeís Eagle Scout ceremony as Scoutmaster Shari Chaffee, left and his father Dan Karel look on. Photo courtesy of Jane Burgess.Whether in a large metropolitan city or a small intimate community like Cottonwood with a population that varies between 900 and 960, I imagine we would all have a difference of opinion.
There is a young man however that embodies what a young man should, could, would be like. He has dedication, determination and most of all decency. These three things are rare among teenagers today. Is he perfect? Not by any means except I think his parents might think he is, but we parents are usually blinded by our love for our children. That is okay. It does show through the love these parents have for their children.
This young man gave credit to people who helped him accomplish a very daunting task. That task is becoming an Eagle Scout. This young man is Mike Karel. I donít know him very well but he has always impressed me with his respectful behavior. I was privileged to be invited to his award/achievement ceremony a week or so ago. Family and friends and members from the Boy Scouts came to honor Mike on his achieving this high rank. To complete this task he had to complete some 360 different projects, maintain a personal agenda and honor his commitment to Scouting.
Scoutmaster Shari Chaffee is so proud of Mike for his accomplishments and his perseverance to complete what he set out to do. She wishes him the best in any task or job that crosses his path. Accomplishing Eagle Scout he had to do service projects and earn 21 merit badges which will equip him with leadership skills that will benefit him in his future as a young leader in this or another community. He has inspired his younger brother and other fellow Boy Scouts to follow in his footsteps. Scoutmaster Chaffee wants to thank the community for their support of the scouting program and hopes that the community will continue to support the young men that follow Mikeís example.
This young man will go far because he has shown that his word is honorable and that he does what he sets his mind to. Mike, I wish you well and a bright future. I hope that you will empower and encourage other young men to follow your example as a leader. God bless you and your family.
Jane Burgess

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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