Cody W. of Troop 793 of Lexington Park, Maryland, is an exceptional Cub Scout who achieved his AOL as well as the Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award. The Dr. Townes Supernova is the highest STEM Award in Cub Scouting, and Cody was one of only 45 Cubs in NCAC to earn it in 2021. On February 24, 2022, Cody read his testimony, part of his award-winning essay and personal testimony, to the Maryland Senate Committee in Annapolis.
After testifying, Senator Reilly personally talked to Cody, gave him a challenge coin and his business card, and told Cody that he would help him achieve his Citizenship Merit Badge. The legislators were amazed by the kids’ testifying and exercising their citizens’ rights and civic duty. While there, Cody and his mother Prescy met many Eagle Scout moms and dads, which was very exciting. Some shared with Cody inspirational experiences of their journey in Scouting, and some shared their children’s Scouting achievements.
Cody went to the event with his short testimony yet desire to be a good citizen; then, he came home with so much more than he expected. His words were, “Mom, this is the best experience I have ever had so far. I love Scouting. I am proud of my uniform. I love to perform my duty as a citizen. Thank you!” Prescy W. said, “As a mom, I am beyond grateful how Scouting helped Cody so much! Scouting has been a blessing to him.”