One Eagle Scout Takes Personal Curiosity to a New Adventure

Alvin Townley expresses his passion for adventure, by trying to answer a question millions of Eagle Scouts might ask.

Seven thousand Boy Scouts have flocked to Bloomington for their organization’s annual conference.  This year the theme is the Power of One — a concept one Eagle Scout has taken to heart.

After rising to the rank of Eagle Scout when he was 18, Alvin Townley decided to search for the answer to a question that he says millions of Eagle Scouts might ask.

“Why is it that all these people whether their 18, 30, or 60 years old, telling about the fact that their Eagle Scouts?”  Townley acclaims, he really wondered if being an Eagle Scout was of real personal importance to profound leaders all over the country.  “Every year 50,000 young men earn their Eagle, and last month the two millionth Eagle Scout was awarded.”   Townley says, “Almost 50 million Americans are Scouting Alumni of some sort, and I really wondered what impact scouting and Eagle Scouts have had on America.”

Townley interviewed leaders all over the country. From current NFL players to marine biologists in Australia to Peace Corps volunteers in Africa.  He says all Eagle Scouts have the quality he saw demonstrated most in an entrepreneurial spirit.

“Scouting teaches people to go out, and seize opportunities. It also teaches them a sense of responsibility that if they’re going to go out and change the world and make a difference they have to do it themselves” and not necessarily depend on someone else to make it happen.   Townley also believes there is “a sense of adventure that we want to make life about something we’re passionate about, and working towards pursuing those dreams.”

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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  • Ruth DiSilvestro

    Hello, Shameka,

    Thanks to you and WTIU for the excellent piece on Alvin Townley. My husband and I are family friends of Alvin’s and heard his speech given to the Boy Scouts.

    We appreciate your covering the event. His books are very inspirational; it is wonderful to see something so positive that a young person has accomplished.

    Sincerely,

    Ruth DiSilvestro

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