From the Court of Honor meeting in February:
Those of you who were at the last Court of Honor may remember that I spoke about the importance of friendship…
how close friends can help you accomplish your goals…
and how the closest of friendships can survive the test of time and endure the miles that may eventually separate you from your friends.
Those friendships are rare.
In many other cases, you and your friends will graduate high school, move onto college, and go your separate ways, and except on rare occasions, such as high school reunions, weddings, or perhaps a funeral, you may never see each other again.
But in spite of that, in the years to come when you’re no longer boys but are grown men, maybe even with sons of your own, there will be times when something will happen in your life, and you’re going to stop for a second and you’re going to spare a thought for one former friend or another – it may even be someone who is sitting beside you right now – and at that time you’re going to realize that even though that person isn’t there any more, that they are still an important part of your life.
Because in some way, big or small, through inspiration or perhaps adversity, they helped shape you into the person you are. Or rather, the man you’re going to be.
And so I leave you now with the quote I’ve used to sign my Scoutmaster emails for the past few years:
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a boy.” - Forest E. Whitcraft