“People throw around the phrase “life changing” a lot, so it has begun to lose its poignancy. However, when it comes to HOBY, I mean it one hundred thousand gajillion percent. (Feel free to throw in a bunch of extra numbers for emphasis.) Scouts honor, HOBY changed my life.
I could go on and list the many ways in which I’m a better person and the many amazing people I’ve met and the many opportunities that have been opened to me, but that would probably bore you more than it would inspire you, so I’m just going to be share a few one-liners from HOBY that sum up the my HOBY experience:
1. I will not be labeled as average.
2. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, or become more, you are a leader.
3. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
You get the point?
To be honest, when I first got selected for HOBY, I had no idea what it was or really why I was going. All I knew is that my school was paying for me and I’d get to miss class for a weekend, so count me in. What I didn’t know is that I would walk out a different person.
You don’t necessarily have to know a lot about HOBY, but you need to know that it is important. It has a message to share and people to change. It is making a huge positive impact in our society as I speak. Join the HOBY family in any way that you can: participating, volunteering, donating, anything! Once a part of the HOBY family, you’re always a part of HOBY family. Just like mine was, your life will be truly changed.”
Sam Goates is a 2014 HOBY Utah Ambassador.