Will and Scott auditioned months ago to be part of an Eagle Scout Choir to celebrate the 100 year Anniversary of the LDS partnership with the Boy Scouting program.
They were both thrilled that they made it. They spent weeks preparing with over 365 other Eagle Scouts. I was able to attend the dress rehearsal on the Saturday before the broadcast, where we were able to video and take pictures. It was such a spectacular event! I thought there would just be a couple of talks and the choir might be singing a few Scouting songs... Boy was I wrong!
The show started with dim lights on the stage and a fog machine in full force. Then several Scouts started playing trumpets from on top of these wooden towers on the stage. They were then answered by a bunch of other Scouts who were playing back from the balcony behind the audience. It was strong and powerful.
Scouts then repelled in with the American and Scout Emblem flags. Everyone rose and together stated the Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by hundreds of Cub Scouts who ran out onstage and sang the National Anthem.
The performance was about how the Scouting program came to America and how the LDS church became involved with it.
An American named W. D. Boyce was visiting England and got lost. He was randomly helped by a young boy that refused to be paid for his "one good turn daily". He made such a huge impact on him, that he went straight to the Scouting headquarters in England to find out more information.
The show had kayakers in the air, more rappelling by other scouts, pinewood derby, and even a Boy Scout on a zipline. It was very exciting!!!
I know that Scott and Will had a great time participating, but it was so informative and helpful for me to attend as well. It had given me a greater resolve to make sure that my boys maximize the experience that they get out of the program. It truly is a program that makes Boys into Men!!!