A Scouting Story – Kenneth Conerly
We know the mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. For parents Ken & Simone Conerly, this mission has been a guiding principal in their household for over 14 years.
One day, first grader Kenneth brought a flyer home from school with pictures of archery, pinewood derby cars, campouts and games! It was his invitation to join the Boy Scouts of America. He brought his parents to that sign-up meeting and together, they took their first steps into the BSA.
Once this family figured out that the BSA values aligned with their own and that the program was going to open up a world of fun experiences, they stuck with it and made it a family experience. Developing friends along the way, these parents have encouraged, guided and supported their son towards his Scouting goals… first becoming an Eagle Scout, and later becoming a Scoutmaster.
Kenneth worked hard, stayed focused, learned new skills and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14! After earning the rank of Eagle, he stayed in the program, continued to enjoy all of the fun and life lessons that Scouting has to offer. He also joined a Law Enforcement Exploring Post to explore his interests in the career.
And today, Kenneth is 21 years old, an Eagle Scout, a Scoutmaster for his troop that he grew up in, and a Deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. When asked, he said he joined the program because of all of the fun things they were going to do, but he stayed in because of the new skills he was developing. “I had a lot of leadership opportunities as a youth and learned skills that help me now, as an adult. I completed the Personal Management Merit Badge as a youth, and now, I know how to create & stick to a budget and can manage my personal finances.”
Congratulations to Kenneth and to his parents for all they have accomplished and experienced, together, in the Scouting program!