The SAR Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding Eagle Scouts in our communities. Every SAR chapter sponsors an Eagle Scout Competition that includes an application detailing Scouting experience, academic achievements, and community service, a 500-word essay on a patriotic theme, and a four-generation genealogy chart. The winner of each SAR chapter competition is entered in the SAR state competition. The winner of each state competition competes in the National Society's Eagle Scout Competition and vies for $14,000 in scholarships.
You can Read David's Patriotic theme here.
Thousands of footsteps echoed in unison as troops marched past. The turncoat from Connecticut, Benedict Arnold, was leading the British occupation of Williamsburg. In April 1781, I was only ten years old, but knew the shrill call of fifes and the beat of drums as our own militia men drilled. I scrambled down from my tree-top vantage point to take action; hurling an apple at a Redcoat, it made a satisfactory thud.
I quickly disappeared into the crowd.
My immersion into the past at Colonial Williamsburg left a lasting impression. Historical reenactments and preservation sites became my portals to the past, providing first-hand experience of the sights and sounds of the battle for independence. I saw great leaders and unnamed patriots play equally important roles.
My ancestor, John Cadwell, baptized in 1762 in Hartford County, really did grow up amidst revolutionary struggles. Although no battles were fought in Farmington, “years of war left the town exhausted.” 1 Families kept a Continental Fast to save provisions for soldiers and stopped Tories from redirecting supplies to the British.2 They hung traitors’ portraits upside down in rejection. My great-great-great-great grandfather was the same age I am now, in September 1780, when Benedict Arnold’s treasonous scheme at West Point was uncovered.
On March 5, 1782, Parliament agreed to negotiate peace. Connecticut townspeople reacted to the news with “a mixed sensation of pleasure and pain.”3 Nineteen days later, Cadwell enlisted at Farmington and was posted in the area of West Point with the Second Regiment of the Connecticut