Part of a young man’s necessary development is stepping away from the comforts of home exploring the larger world. For years, a boy is sheltered completely by his parents or other caregivers. And while it is important to feel the safety and protection of a loving family, it’s those first, unguarded steps that he takes that puts him on the path to manhood.
Take Austin, for example: a fine young man with a passion for scouting. Here he is embarking on a new adventure as he takes his pledge into the elite branch of scouting. Boys like him are brought from all over the country to learn the values and skills that will make them men, learning how to stand brave and strong as they shed themselves of the trappings of childhood.
With the guidance of tall, strapping men like Scoutmaster Dietrich, Austin will be challenged and tested, made to persevere and grow, all the while getting ever closer to the man he will become.
As his prized pin is placed on his lapel, Austin is understandably anxious as he begins his journey. Away from his friends and family, he must place his trust in the hands of his leaders and fellow scouts. He is not yet sure what will be asked of him, but he must believe that the handsome scoutmaster will always have his best interest at heart. After all, he’s there to see Austin experience his emerging manhood firsthand.