There are more degrees of autism than there are merit badges. If chess was
available while he was working this near miracle then I will stop and see him
for a game.Some years ago I showed up to substitute teach at a
middle school and as I was walking toward the door a teacher I knew stepped out
and 'warned' me about an autistic child without describing the student. While
exiting that afternoon I told the gentleman that I could not tell which kid it
was. Then with the benefit of a description I concluded he was the hardest
working and friendliest kid that day. Bully for these kids. What swell spirits
so many of them are.
Way to go, Nate! This was an inspiring story to read about. I hope others can
catch the vision of Scouting or see that they can embrace their limitations and
move forward the way you have after reading this.
What an amazing young man! Congrautlations! How many teenagers who don't have
such a daily difficulty set and accomlish such a impressive goal! You are a
hero, Nate! Awesome job! I want to be like you!
A wonderful story! :)
Nathan, you are awesome. Way to stick with it. I earned 45 merit badges by age
14 and wanted to earn them all, but I quit. I had always wished that I had
finished, but I got scared after finishing the easy ones. I will apply your
example of finishing and not quitting to my life and finish up some projects
that have taken way too many years of procrastinating. Keep up the good work and
good luck with your book writing, school, and everything else. You will make a
fantastic merit badge counselor or scout leader one day. Hopefully sooner rather
Nathan, you are a wonderful role model for my son! My 8 year old is a Bear Cub
Scout and he has Aspergers! He is learning so much from scouting and looks
forward to every event and activity! The social skills alone that he is gaining
from his experiences is heartwarming! Keep up the good work Nathan, and I see
only wonderful things in your future!!!
My son just turned 11 years old and started the "big" scouts. We are
beginning to work on his merit badges knowing that it might take a little longer
because he is on the Autism Spectrum. I will show him the article. Thank you
for being such a great example to everyone. Scouting is a great program.
Because you have done so well in scouting, you will go far in life. I know
employees look at your accomplishments in scouting as a great asset.