You may not know his name, but you’ve probably seen Tion before. He’s served as the keynote speaker at the Whitney M. Young Luncheon, conducted flag ceremonies at council events and now he’s the centerpiece of an eighteen foot tall monument in the Volunteer Service Center.
Tion is more than just a face on a patch though, he’s an exemplary Scout who’s making a difference in the lives of others in his neighborhood. To Tion, “Scouting is all about helping others and rising to the challenge.”
Tion joined Scouting as a charter member of Pack 1890 at Families First. Tion joined as a WEBELOS and has been involved in the program for six years. In that time, leaders have said, he has grown into a “great kid, with a good head on his shoulders, destined to do great things.”
Tion is the Senior Patrol Leader for Troop 1890 in Southwest Atlanta, where he is leading other young men to follow the Scout Oath and Law in and out of uniform. “He’s a natural born leader,” says Scoutreach Executive Ramon Montgomery, “other Scouts and even other kids in the neighborhood are just drawn to him and follow his example.”
On one of his first outings as a Boy Scout, Tion climbed Stone Mountain with his Troop. This hike was particularly important for another Scout in the Troop, Jesus, who struggles to walk due to a hereditary medical condition. Tion gave Jesus both emotional and physical support, helping Jesus brace himself, on their way up to the peak. “I was proud of him for facing this challenge,” Tion has said of the experience, “and I was happy to be there to support him.”
Tion has attended both Woodruff Scout Camp and Bert Adams Scout Camp in his time as a Boy Scout. Drawn to the water, Tion’s favorite activities at camp are swimming and fishing.
During Troop 1890’s week at Woodruff in 2015 Tion was chosen by his leaders as the recipient of the Troop’s Spirit Stick award, for showing the most Scouting spirit. “Tion just embodies what Scouting is all about,” Montgomery said looking back on that week at summer camp.
Tion and his Troop are also exceptional Scouts back at home on a daily basis. In recent years they have organized community movie nights and conducted service projects for their local community center.
Tion is currently a freshman in high school and hopes to eventually become an engineer. In the meantime he is working his way along the path to the Eagle Scout rank.
“I am a better young man because Scouting has boosted my confidence,” Tion says, “it has helped me face challenges and taught me many things.”
Next time you pass through the Volunteer Service Center and look up at Tion’s smiling face, know that he’s one of many Scouts throughout Metro-Atlanta striving to better himself and make his community better for others.