Erling “Bub” Olsen never gave up on his dreams. There’s something to be said about that in today’s society. Something to be learned.
Sunday, when Olsen was officially presented the Boy Scouts of America rank of Eagle Scout after 70 years, he showed us that you’re never too old to achieve your goals.
The former Poulsbo resident, who now lives in Port Angeles, set an example for us all whether he meant to or not.
He had some help though, the good fellas involved in our local Boy Scout Troop 1571 dug in as well, to ensure that Olsen was not denied his much-coveted ranking after so long.
These scouts also imparted a lesson: Teamwork actually works.
We commend them for their efforts and willingness to do the grunt work in order to help out a fellow scout. “Scout’s honor” is still alive and well in North Kitsap.
It is also alive and well in Olsen, who apparently never lost touch with ideas that have made the Boy Scouts of America such a popular club over the years.
This is another lesson we should all note.
It shows that Olsen not only held onto his dreams of becoming an Eagle — even after some seven decades — but also held onto the principles that actually made him an Eagle all along.
While the official presentation in Poulsbo was noteworthy, the real importance behind the event was the desire of Olsen to be the best person he could be over the years. The fact that he persevered, not just for the badge but for all it stands for as well.
People like Olsen are often overlooked by a society that is unfortunately more enamored with celebrities who pretend to be multi-millionaires or multi-millionaires who pretend to have a conscience.
Olsen is a celebrity in his own right.
He’s well-known and, more importantly, well-respected in this corner of the world. There’s something to be said about that.
Way to fly, Bub.