Commissioner Blog #7

September 1, 20313

“Bobby Okereke – Another Feel-Good Scouting Story”


John Hovanesian, M.D.

Want to feel great about what Scouting can do for young people?  Just look at the story of Bobby Okereke.  You may soon be hearing about him in the local press.  But I’m not sure in which section of the paper to look.

In the Sports section he might appear as one of the top five high school football players in Orange County.  At 6 foot 3 inches and 220 pounds, he bench presses 265 pounds and has lettered in football at Foothill High School for 3 years, playing both amazing defense and offense.  Check out his highlight reel at this link!

Or maybe it would be in the Local News section, where you’ll read that he has already committed to Stanford University having achieved a 4.47 grade point average in the Advanced Placement Program at his school.

Or maybe the Business section, where you might read about his in-home pet care and dog-walking service that he has run for the past seven years.  Yes, this high school senior has been running his business for seven years.

You guessed it, Bobby is also an Eagle Scout as well as a member of the Order of the Arrow, a Jamboree participant, and has been involved in the Boy Scouts’ National Youth Leadership Training Experience.  When I recently asked Bobby about how Scouting has contributed to his life, he had this to say, “Scouting has had a major impact on my life over the years. The leadership skills and the Scouting principles instilled in me have molded me into the young man I am today. It has taught me the value of giving back to my community, country, and world through service. And most importantly, it has provided me with group of friends that share the same goals and ideals as me.”

How many amazing stories like Bobby’s are there in our great movement of one million scouts across the country, and many more around the globe?  Thanks to scouting, a young man with limitless potential has been, “Prepared.  For life.”

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