BSA Chief visits Newtown, presents Spirit of the Eagle Award to Tiger Cubs' parents
Published on December 20, 2012 | Print | Email | Tweet | Add to Facebook

In a touching gesture, the two Tiger Cubs killed in last week's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School have been awarded the Spirit of the Eagle Award.

BSA Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock and other top professionals presented the families of Chase Kowalski and Benjamin Wheeler with the award, "an honorary, posthumous special recognition for a registered youth member who has lost his or her life in an accident or through illness."

Wayne shared with the BSA family some details from his emotional visit. I can't imagine the overwhelming heartache he witnessed as he attended three wakes and a funeral for Tiger Cubs Chase and Benjamin, as well as for two girls who were sisters of Cub Scouts in Newtown's Pack 170.

The photo above, shared by CBS Reporter Paula Reid, shows Scouts saluting 6-year-old Benjamin at one of those events. What a powerful image. (Note: Paula tells me the Scouts will likely be featured in her story on The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.)

Take a moment to read Wayne's heartfelt letter. In it, you'll find details on the outpouring of support that's already been felt in Newtown -- phone calls, e-mails, and letters from Scouting families from all over the world.

And Wayne shares info on how to send supportive cards and letters or make a donation to a memorial fund established by the Connecticut Yankee Council.

You can read the letter on the Bryan on Scouting blog.

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