Roanoke, VA - Carlos Brunal is a 17 year-old Senior at Patrick Henry High School, who has just earned Eagle Rank.
What makes Carlos' story unique, is that he is the first Scout from the Blue Ridge Mountain's Council's Soccer and Scouting Program (Multi-Cultural Initiatives/Scoutreach) to earn the rank.
The Soccer and Scouting program is specific to Hispanic markets; it engages not only the Scouts, but the entire family. The Soccer aspect of the program is a way for Scouts to come together and enjoy a sport as well as the fellowship of other youth for whom English is a second language. It helps them to engage in American Society, strengthen their language skills, and introduces them to the world of Scouting.
Carlos has been in the program since elementary school, and in 2010 had the opportunity to attend the Centennial Jamboree. It was there that he decided that he would become an Eagle Scout. "I was surrounded by all things Scouting- 100 years of heritage. It motivated me, because I could see all the best things that Scouting had to offer."
Carlos completed his Eagle Project at a Boys and Girls Club, building handicap accessible picnic tables, so that no one would feel excluded from the fellowship that takes place at mealtime, he said, "everyone deserves a chance to feel like part of the community. I hope that my earning the rank of Eagle Scout will open up opportunities to others, so that they can see and feel that it is achievable for them, too. Most of the younger Scouts know me, so it makes the idea of becoming an Eagle Scout less mystical. I do feel that earning this achievement has been arduous, but worth it. I get more respect in school and in Scouting. It's the best decision I've made in my young life, and I hope that after college, I can return to Scouting in a leadership role, and give back to the organization that has given me so much!"