My experiences with Scouting begin with my earliest memories of my father and grandfather. Scouting for me has always been a family event. My grandfather, Thomas Outhier Sr., earned his Eagle Scout award in 1945. He was part of Troop 87 in Homestead, OK, which was voted National Troop of the Year 1950. My father, Thomas (Chip) Outhier Jr., earned the highest award in Scouting in 1971.
My name is Thaddeus Outhier. I received my Eagle Scout Award in 1998 with both of these men by my side. The journey to becoming an Eagle Scout begins at a young age but does not end when this highest rank is achieved. It is in fact the beginning. The beginning of a life committed to cheerful service. As a third-generation Eagle Scout, I have always striven to emulate the example my father and grandfather set for me. They both received the Silver Beaver Award. This award is in recognition of distinguished service to the council over a period of at least 10 years. This award was presented to them from Cimarron Council headquartered in Enid.
My education at Okeene High School and Oklahoma State University was influenced by Scouting. Scouting taught me how to set goals and how to achieve them. I also learned many skills that help me in my career as a systems engineer with NASA-Johnson Space Center.
Developing leadership, public speaking and building confidence are just a few of the qualities Scouting provides. I continue to be involved in Scouting through helping with Eagle Scout service projects and teaching merit badges to Scouts at NASA-JSC Visitors Center.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts. We celebrate where we have been, how far we have come and the traditions and values we hope to bring to future generations. Being an Eagle Scout is not about what I am or what my father and grandfather are, it is about what can be done for others. Outhiers have been in Scouting for over 70 years and will continue to show character through their actions.