Saturday, Feb. 11th, was a day to be remembered at Nimitz High on WW Thorne Drive in Houston. Over 1,100 Boy Scouts and Scout leaders gathered at the school for 123 classes, 20 of them taught by National Youth Leadership Training Scouts. Also available was eight hours of leadership training classes, career information, and learning skills that would send Scouts quickly on their way to prestigious Eagle Rank, the highest award in Boy Scouting.
Co-chairman Joe Stewart of Atascocita said, “This event is reported to be the largest and best single-day career program offered by the BSA in the United States.” And it was evident from daybreak! Even before the sun arose, leaders and Scouts were arriving at the venue with professional tools, supplies and exhibits to assist the attendees make personal decisions about their futures, both in their personal lives and in the scouting realm.
Congressman Ted Poe once said, “In his career as a Houston area judge, he had over 25,000 felons in his courtroom. Not one of them was an Eagle Scout.” He said he felt Eagle Scouts stay too busy to get into such trouble! And seeing and talking to the Scouts present, you could certainly see the truth in Poe’s statement.
Assisting in Atascocita resident Stewart’s presentations were sons, London and Harrison, and wife, Susan. Additionally, contributing to 2-hours of Aviation Career incentives and history was retired Air Force veteran MSgt James Haycraft, editor and publisher of the “Connection” and “The Broadside” VFW’s monthly newsletters. Also present was an Air Force vet, “Uncle Sam” (John Wistar Evans IV of Kingwood), and decorated Atascocita war veteran, Air Force pilot and AFAcademy graduate, John W. Heimburger.
As an example, the 2-hour “Aviation Careers” workshop included introducing attendees to the Civil Air Patrol, civilian private flight training, Service Academy incentives and benefits aimed at a flying career, and finally the ultimate goal of choosing to fly for a major airline where Scout dependability, learned responsibilities and rank accomplishments fit right in with keeping hundreds of passengers safe and comfortable daily while enjoying the multitude delights of flying the friendly skies.