The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Boy Scouts

February 6, 2010

BSA true compass to character

I joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1960 in Welling-ton, Kan. We moved to Enid shortly after that, and I joined Troop 5. I became an Eagle Scout in 1965. There are too many great times to share in just 350 words.  Some highlights included going to Valley Forge for the 1964 Jamboree.

I graduated from EHS in 1967 and began my teaching career in Pond Creek in 1971. I served as Scoutmaster during most of the 29 years while I was there. Several young men became Eagle Scouts during that time. I, like every other Eagle before and since, pledged to give more to Scouting than I received. The problem was the more I tried to give the more I got back. I have so many incredible memories from summer camp at Camp Saline, which later became Williams Scout Reservation. I have kept touch with many of my former Scouts and their achievements have been my greatest reward. I dare not list names because I might leave one out and regret the oversight. They know who they are.

I have taught high school for almost 40 years now and have many great former students who were Scouts as well. I have always believed Scouting is one of the best youth organizations in the U.S.A. It provides such a perfect opportunity for young men and their parents to share so many common interests. It provides a true compass for character, duty to God and country, duty to others and duty to yourself. I have to brag on one Eagle Scout. He is my son, who is a graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is still serving his country as a major in the Army.

Charles Wille,

Eagle Scout 1965

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