The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 6, 2010

Scout skills acquired put to use every day

By Violet Hassler, Staff Writer

— State Sen. Patrick Anderson doesn’t worry he’ll forget the skills he learned as a young man that led him to attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

“The skills I learned in Scouting I use every day of my life,” he said.

Anderson’s father and uncle were involved in Scouting, but he said it was the influence of friends that first led him to join Cub Scouts.

As he grew older, he began to look at his family’s tradition in Scouts and decided to work toward his Eagle ranking — a feat accomplished by only 2 percent of Scouts. He wanted to do not only for himself, he said, but for his family and those who worked with him — his Scout leaders and peers — throughout his Scouting career.

The family tradition has not ended, as Ander-son and a friend decided years ago to take their daughters on yearly camping trips to “kind of relive our Boy Scout days.”

The group of fathers and daughters has grown to about 20 now, he said.

Anderson said he encourages boys and girls to get involved with their local Scout groups.

Boy Scouts also offers a Venturing program more career-oriented and geared toward boys and girls.

“I can’t think of a more wholesome program than Boy Scouts,” he said.