How Scouting Taught this Scout to Lead by Serving

Nigel Walker grew up in a single parent household. His mom put him in Scouting in hopes that he would make friends and stay out of trouble. He quickly learned the values and pillars of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

As a young student, Nigel says that he worked for every step of his journey. He earned scholarships to attend some of the best schools, where he earned a degree in Engineering and Finance at Vanderbilt University. He was awarded a fellowship from his alma mater to travel to 22 countries to study the impact of fatherhood by interviewing children and families about their fathers in each country – a subject close to his heart, as he reflected on his own father’s absence in his life.

“Today, I choose to continue to live by those values [of the Scout Oath and Law]…to lead by example…to be there for those who seek to better themselves and be empowered by the strong words of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.”

Nigel is now working for Teach for America as an Algebra teacher. He works each day to instill the values he learned in Scouting into his young students.

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Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.