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Eagle Scout & Olympic Kayaking Hopeful

Friday, September 21, 2018  
Posted by: Chris Stec
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(excerpt from, and credit given to Bryon on Scouting blog)


You might think an Olympic kayaking hopeful spends every waking moment on the water, leaving no time for Scouting.

You might think that. But then you meet Augustus Cook.

The 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Troop 78 in Edmond, Okla., competes against some of the top paddlers in the world. He’ll travel to Poland next month for an international competition, and he dreams of making the 2024 or 2028 Olympics.

But even with that busy sports schedule, Gus finds time for Scouting. He earned Eagle at 14 and kept going. He puts in extra hours as a troop guide and den chief to mentor younger Scouts.

“If you really want something, you will either find the time or make the time for it,” he says. “You have to want it.”

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