Eagle Scout Christian Matcovich Serves as an Example for All
Each of us has different obstacles that we are faced with as we go about our daily life. Some obstacles are given to us from others, some are environmental, or possibly even obstacles that are personal that we must overcome. Christian Matcovich, a Cradle of Liberty Council Scout who earned the rank of Eagle Scout this year, has faced extra obstacles but he has never let that get in his way. Christian, a member of Troop 481 in the Lafayette District, contends with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. This condition includes low muscle tone through his torso (he cannot support himself without aid) and the inability to control muscle spasms in his arms and legs. In addition, he is non-verbal but sharp as a tack. These medical conditions confine him to a wheelchair with many supports, as well as a Dynavox that he uses to communicate. Despite these conditions, Christian has a way of looking at life that is very unique: always with a smile and a positive attitude!
Christian has been a Scout starting as a young Cub Scout and working his way through Arrow of Light and into Boy Scouts. He has always enjoyed camping and attending as many Scouting activities as possible, and his mom Mary has made sure that he doesn’t miss an event. Even when Christian was elected to become a member of the Order of the Arrow, he and his family greeted the Ordeal with excitement and optimism. No challenge has ever been too big for Christian to overcome, and he is a proud member of Unami Lodge, One. After his ceremony, he was all smiles and very proud to show-off his sash!
As Christian worked on his progress towards Eagle, he maintained his positive attitude and cheerful smile. His Eagle project was assembling many aid boxes for needy children, and he surpassed his goal on the number of boxes to ship! When it came time for his Eagle Board of Review, Christian worked with his teacher and Dynavox to record answers to possible questions that are asked at typical boards of review. Even when he got nervous during his board of review and struggled to recall his answers, Christian was able to regain his composure and persevered to answer all the questions asked of him.
Christian is an example to us all of what is possible when you don’t let any obstacle get in the way of achieving your goals. If we all approach challenges the way Christian does, with a big smile and a positive attitude, we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.
Update: Christian’s Eagle ceremony was held on April 27, 2015 and received some well-deserved media attention: