Congrats to Illinois middle school educator Scott Hudson, who at the age of 36 finally received his Eagle Scout award after an appeals process, 18 years after he completed his Eagle Project. In high school living in Germany, Scott had completed his Eagle project but his family moved back to the United States before he could complete his Scoutmaster conference and board of review. Thanks to a series of events, recommendations, assistance from others and a successful appeals process, this 36 year old Illinois teacher is now an Eagle Scout. This is an inspiring story.

Scott Hudson, Eagle Scout

Scott has provided a great example of follow-through for his own students as well as others. According to the the July 26, 2008 Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois) newspaper article “Scout’s honor: Man, 36, finally will earn his Eagle award:”

He [Scott Hudson] was teaching math and geography when the subject of scouting came up during a parent-teacher conference. He said a parent told him that there was an appeals process for people like him.

“If I had known before, I would have done it sooner,” he said. “It was a long and complicated process with a lot of documentation and they asked me a lot of questions, but I had all my information, so I was prepared.”

Luckily, he has a mother who insisted he keep all his Scouting stuff.

“We had done so much moving that my mother knew how things get lost,” he said. “I had a special trunk with all the paperwork and mementos.”

He credits his wife, Jennifer, with letting him carry the trunk through several of the couple’s own moves. He also credits his parents, Richard and Rita Hudson, for their support during his Scouting days.

Hudson said he and his wife have adopted a young child from Vietnam, and he wants to set a good example.

“I felt that if I didn’t pursue every possible aspect of this opportunity, I wouldn’t be able to wholeheartedly request that my child finish what he starts,” Hudson said.

Send your own note of congratulations to Scott with a Twitter reply to @shudson71. Scott blogs at mr. hudson’s world.

Linktribution: Scott tweeted me a question yesterday which led me to his Twitter page and profile. It piqued my curiosity since his Twitter bio reads:

Award Winning Educator, looking for Job in Instructional Technology, Eagle Scout

I linked to Scott’s blog from his Twitter profile and found a link to the above news article.


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3 Responses to Congrats to Scott Hudson: Eagle Scout at age 36

  1. Gary Stager says:

    Wow! Wonder if I’m next?

  2. Chris Craft says:

    July 10, 1991 was the day I was awarded my Eagle. I’ll never forget that day. I was 14.

    I left the program due to some major politics back then, but the philosophy, safety tips, and many other factors still remain with me today.

    Thanks for an inspiring story. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle!

    Chris Craft

  3. Scott Hudson says:

    It’s surreal. Thanks for the encouragement. Thanks also for publishing my story. I love talking about the story.

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