Showing posts from January, 2013

Winter in Yellowstone: Photography

Photos from January's week-long photography expedition in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy.

No Longer an Eagle Scout

Sometimes this blog is about biology. Sometimes it's about sharing my beliefs with an audience.
Today I have regretfully renounced my rank of Eagle Scout. I have already sent my medal and certificate to the BSA national office. I have also hand-delivered a letter to the chief executive of the Green Mountain Council (Vermont's state chapter) with the pins awarded to my mother and father during my Eagle Scout ceremony. The following is my letter:
Scouting was, without a doubt, the most important institution of my childhood and young adult life. I joined the BSA as a five-year-old tiger cub in 1993 and remained active in the troop until my 18th birthday. My parents poured their support into the troop during this time. My father was a den leader and later a scoutmaster. My mother was an active merit badge counselor, a figurehead at troop fundraisers and scouting events, and remains an important resource for developing community service opportunities for scouts and advising service p…