Only a small number of Boy Scouts make Eagle Scout.
The feat is even harder when you come from inner-city poverty.
Yet for 27 years, Romy Vasquez has successfully encouraged boys from South Central Los Angeles to become scouts, and he’s seen more than a dozen members of Troop 780 go on to reach scouting’s highest rank.
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Having myself been a troop leader, for a time, in an inner-city boy scout troop, I can understand how difficult it is for inner-city youth to reach the rank of Eagle… I have a huge respect for those that recognize the initiative, aspirations, and inner strength that these scouts have and take the time to encourage these boys to reach their goals, no matter how hard it is.