Last week Ryan Wilson, 29, achieved Eagle rank. Not only did he achieve this distinguished honor, but he earned almost double the merit badges required – a total of 38. Only 5% of the scouting population reaches Eagle and only a few scouts with Down syndrome have achieved this honor. Ryan, who has Down syndrome and a heart condition, is not only an inspiring role model for other special needs children but he’s an example to us all reminding us that with determination and dedication, anything is possible. He’s an example of everything that the scouting program stands for – developing character through skill development, doing good deeds, and living his life in accordance with the Scout Law.
We’re proud of our local Pasco County hero. Congratulations to Ryan Wilson for a job well done!
Boy Scout Troop 545 in Hudson, Florida is a troop that focuses on scouts with special needs. If you’d like more information click here. If you know a scout with a disability that has overcome obstacles and would like to share their story, please share your comments below. We’d like to hear from you.
Photos provided by the St. Petersburg Times – December 18,2011