This year I have fallen in love with scouting. During the fall semester, I attended almost every Thursday scouting meet. Unfortunately, I have classes this spring semester that interfere with scouting…and to be honest, I’m in some serious scouting withdraw. My love for scouting has manifested from the scouts themselves, as well as the amazing and interactive actives prepared by scouting chair, Sophia Weidner, each week. Brothers love seeing the scouts, and the scouts love seeing us…I think it’s the highlight of both of our weeks.
I particularly enjoy seeing Matt, who does amazing impressions of the Nittany Lion and Elvis Presley. Matt also makes an effort to compliment almost every brother there each week and is always telling brothers how much he likes them. Another scout I talk to a lot is Ron…though he often forgets my name. Ron is always willing to lend an ear, share a story, and even updates me on things in the news and around campus that I haven’t even heard of yet. Though scouting falls under “service” in APO, the real service is what the scouts have given to the brothers. I have grown much many tolerant, patient, understanding, and aware of people with disabilities through scouting. The scouts, who have become brothers to me, have taught me things that no professor on campus could teach and for that I’m eternally grateful.