Today I received some news that easily makes my top 10 list for best moments of my life. For those not involved in Scouting, it is hard to express the magnitude of this news, so all I can do is say that this is a really big deal! The news I am referring to is that I was selected, along with 68 increadible scouts/scouters, to receive the highest honor in the Order of the Arrow (scouting's national honor society).
The award, named the Distinguished Service Award, has been given out every two to three years (depending on when national conferences were held) beginning in 1940. Since then, only 839 individuals have ever received this honor. This year 69 new recipients, including myself, will join that distinguished list, and I could not be more humbled and honored.
Just to put this into perspective, there are roughly 3.7 million youth and adult members in the Boy Scouts of America. Of those, about 4% are honored with membership into the Order of the Arrow. Out of that select group, only 69 were honored with the DSA this year. I don't know about you, but it blows my mind that I somehow did something to deserve this. I do what I do in this organization because I love it, and that is the true reward for me. It is absolutely overwhelming to think that in my 20 years in scouting, along with 14 years in the OA, I would (or could for that matter) ever receive such recognition.
Receiving the DSA is amazing, and the fact that I know so many of the other Arrowmen who will be receiving it along side me in July, makes all of this an experience beyond words. I can only reiterate how humbling, yet exciting, this all is, and I can only hope that I can continue to live up this great honor.