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AT THE 2012 NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING, BSA LEADERS OUTLINE THEIR PLANS TO


REINTRODUCE SCOUTING TO AMERICA. by bryan wendell photogr a phs by michael roy tek


Mike Rowe has some kind of résumé: Distinguished Eagle Scout, pitchman for Ford vehicles and Lee jeans, host of the Emmy- nominated show Dirty Jobs. The man’s Wikipedia entry goes on for five pages. In fact, Rowe’s arguably the most visible Eagle


Scout alive today. But to hear him tell it, he’s not even the most impressive member of his family. That honor, he believes, belongs to his younger brother Scott, who never earned Eagle but accomplished a feat Rowe thinks is even more important: Scott saved a man’s life. Scott was working as a lifeguard one summer


when he saw a man unconscious at the bottom of the pool. In a blur, Scott jumped in, pulled the man out of the water, and revived him. Rowe shared the story of his brother’s heroic


act with a group of 1,400 Scouting volunteers and professionals during the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in May. (Watch the speech at bit.ly/mike roweNAM.) The cavernous ballroom fell silent when Rowe started to speak, with everyone hanging on his every word. Rowe directly addressed his brother, who was


seated at a table in the audience with their parents, John and Peggy. He shared a thought he’d had that morning while eating breakfast with his family. “So I’m sitting here with my sausage and eggs,”


Rowe began, “looking at my brother, who’s a Star Scout, who saved a guy’s life. You know, Scott doesn’t have a TV show in 180 countries. He doesn’t have one of these [pointing to the gleam- ing Distinguished Eagle Scout medal dangling from his neck]. The son of a gun saved a guy’s life. “So,” Rowe added, looking at Scott, “you win.”


A fitting tribute for his brother’s act of courage. But also a theme that threaded throughout the three-day event in Orlando, Fla.: celebrate the everyday hero. While it’s true that the BSA is celebrating a


Mike Rowe, Eagle Scout and host of Dirty Jobs, stands in front of Joseph Csatari’s 100 Years of Eagle Scouts painting as he shares personal memories of his time in Scouting.


big event this year, the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award, Scouting has also made clear that it won’t overlook the 96 percent of Scouts who didn’t, or won’t, earn Eagle. The organization won’t forget Scouts like Scott Rowe who made


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