Hawk: Scouting tragedy brought unity, love from across nation
By Lance Hawk
Dec. 15, 2017 at 11:22 p.m.
This is the first installment of a regular column that will cover various aspects of Scouting in East Texas. This would not be possible without the support of the News-Journal and the Scouting community in our region.
For this first column, I invited one of the assistant Scoutmasters in our city to offer his perspective on some recent events that have had major impacts on Scouting. His thoughts follow:
Thank you from the men of Boy Scout Troop 620 in Longview.
It has been about four months since we suffered the loss of three of our fellow Scouts. As we still continue to mourn and remember the good times we shared in Scouting with Thomas Larry, Heath Faucheux and Will Brannon, I thought it was time to take a moment and thank everyone in the East Texas community, the great state of Texas and the nation for the outpouring of support, sympathy and prayers that we have received and continue to receive today.
As no one could have foreseen this tragedy, everyone at some level was directly or indirectly affected by this incident. One of the many themes that was brought to light during the funerals for these Scouts was that God's grace is always with us and that some good comes from loss.
I believe the good we have witnessed is that we gained solidarity and unity in the sharing of the love and compassion for all those involved. We leaned on each other, laughed, cried and prayed for peace in our hearts and the hearts of the families.
The boys of Troop 620, other troops and the Boy Scouts of America rallied around each other and promised to be there for one another no matter what might happen.
Without your support the boys of Troop 620 and their families would not have been able to pull through the difficult time we all faced after three Scouts were electrocuted during an outing in August. We are forever indebted to you for your kindness and outpouring love and prayers.
We have discussed and pledged to one another and to our community to continue to move forward with Troop 620 and carry on the tradition of building leaders and men of character. Thomas, Will and Heath will be forever in our hearts and soul. May God bless you.
Thank you to the city of Longview, East Texas, the state of Texas and the USA for your blessings and prayers.
(Scott is assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 620, Winterfield Methodist Church in Longview)
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
— Lance Hawk, a Longview resident, is the Golden Eagle Senior District Executive with the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.