Sophomore journeys to become an Eagle Scout

Prepared. For. Life.

The Boy Scouts of America is instilling leadership, human-growth and fellowship values into youth boys and girls while simultaneously teaching outdoor life skills. Many scouts set out on the rigorous journey of becoming an Eagle Scout, including many at Northwest.   

For sophomore Brayden Misenheimer, the experiences of being in scouting has taught him many life lessons.

“Being an Eagle Scout is different (from being a boy scout) because you learn so much about so many things that you wouldn’t, and in some cases couldn’t learn without it,” Misenheimer said.

Misenheimer, like many others, started pretty early on his journey.

“I was in cub scouts, which is like the elementary version of scouts,” Misenheimer said.

Though, starting that early is just optional and isn’t needed, this process is very long and it helps to have prior knowledge and experience.

“I spent about four to five years getting my Eagle Scout,” Misenheimer said.

Misenheimer started by joining a troop. He earned ranks over time through many challenging tasks. prior knowledge

“To become an Eagle Scout, I joined the troop (a group of about 50 people) that was at the (Oak Ridge) United Methodist Church, Troop 139,” Misenheimer said. “Over the years, I earned ranks of which required many tasks to be completed.”

He had to learn to do many things like tie five different knots, learn to use a map, put together an exercise plan for a month and help younger scouts further their knowledge in scouting.

As Misenheimer worked toward his goal he stayed committed,  he continued working hard to show his dedication. He says that it’s good to remember how much it can help you grow as a person and make an impact.

Eventually, the time comes when you have a project to determine if you get to become an Eagle Scout.

“I wasn’t really given a test, but instead a project. I had to come up with a project that had to be approved and funded by either myself or the group benefited by the project,” Misenheimer said.

His project brought him closer to the community by helping out, which is what this is all about.

“My project was a stone patio of which I built at Northwest Middle School; it serves as an outdoor classroom that teachers can use for their classes,” Misenheimer said. “I also had to run/manage the project. This includes scheduling, funding and construction.”

The journey to get your Eagle Scout takes a lot of work, but in the end, it’s all about helping out the community and the people around you.

“It’s an amazing process that has changed me for the better,” Misenheimer said.