I hold many honors in Scouting, some of them due only to my longevity in the program, perhaps. But my Vigil Honor membership in the Order remains something of which I am extremely proud. And those who gave me my Vigil name in the Lenape language -- Geschitehen, meaning "Determined One" -- had an insight into my character even at age 18 that amazes me.
So, it is with great expectation that I am going to camp this weekend. I haven't attended a Fall Fellowship in our lodge for many years, but this one is special. T.J., one of our Venturers from Crew 119, an Eagle Scout of Troop 119, is keeping the Vigil. I want to be there for him. I believe in T.J., just like those wise old Scouters back when believed in me.
It seems hard to believe that it's been so long. I kept the Vigil before T.J.'s mother was even born! But somehow, I feel ever young when I'm in the woods, the fire is lit, and Allowat Sakima opens the ceremony. The signs are given, the circle is formed, and I join my younger self and all my old mates in greeting our new brothers.