Who Is The Most Difficult Challenge?

926 Words Dec 12th, 2015 4 Pages
The entire day had been a struggle as we slipped on the various rocks underneath our feet. I was part of a group of five boys and two adult leaders making our way up Mt. Phillips in northern New Mexico. Every ten minutes, our Scoutmaster, Mr. Britton, would gleefully shout, “Come on boys, just a little more climbing and we will be at the top.” I wanted to believe him, but I was running out of energy. This was the most difficult challenge I had ever faced in my seventeen years growing up. I wanted to quit, but I did not want to let Mr. Britton down. He had been a major influence in my life. He was always concerned about the boys in his troop, and more importantly, I knew he was concerned about me.

Mr. Britton, or Mr. B, as we called him, always had various words of wisdom that sometimes did not make sense at the time, but as I grew older I realized they make perfect sense. One saying I will never forget is, “It makes no sense to worry about something if you cannot do anything about it. But if you can do something about it, then you need to quit worrying and do something about it.” He was a great mentor to me and many other boys. He was always full of encouragement and wanted the young men in his troop to succeed in whatever endeavor they took on. It was no surprise when Mr. B would show up on a Friday night to watch me play in my high school football game. He was known to attend band concerts with his wife in support of the boys in his troop. We all knew Mr.…
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