February 28, 2011

Becoming an Eagle

I had my Eagle Court of Honor last night and it could not have gone any more perfect! I would not have it any other way. I was so amazed at how many came and all the help they offered to set up and take down. Here is a little shocker—I did not touch a camera that night! Thanks to Gary Davis for taking pictures and I am so excited to see them!

I want to thank all those who helped support me with becoming an Eagle. I wrote a poem about “Becoming an Eagle.” This is dedicated to my parents, leaders, scout troop and everyone who helped me in some way–big or small.


Becoming an Eagle by David Cluff

To become an eagle does not come overnight or by wishing for it. It is not an easy or a fast
process. It does not come by just “showing” up to activities.
It takes time, faith and courage. You have to desire and have to choose to be an eagle.

I cried on my first campout and I puked on my first week long campout; I lost faith when I was
asked to step into a canoe. With the help of others I traveled on a canoe for a week.

It could have been easy for me to just give up and have lost the opportunity to grow into
something greater.

With faith, prayer, leaders and parents, I kept on going, not knowing what I would
soon become.

I encountered hard tasks such as planning a fundraiser, campouts, and making phone calls.
It was not easy but it was possible.

As years went by I was at the stage where I needed to do a project where I could show all the
leadership skills I developed over the years.

I was inspired by a doctor who suggested I build a website for deaf teens.

Once again, I soon was on a journey that would change my life.

I was talking to teens, parents and doctors from all over the world, trying to create a website
for deaf teens. In August 2010 deafteens.org became a reality.

It is not just about the requirements to become an eagle but the person you become.

Over the years I have learned how to conduct meetings, plan big events, talk to people

I never met before and learn how to work with those around me.

For me it started with faith which then raised me up to become an eagle

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