Joseph Lawrence is an 18-year-old senior who enjoys cycling, knife collecting and working with Photoshop and Illustrator. In the fall, he will major in marketing at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Joseph joined scouting in 2002, and Troop 165 in 2007. Throughout his scouting experience, he learned many lessons, but one in particular: Everyone is good at something, so a leader must determine a person’s strengths and place him or her in a situation where he or she will be the most successful. This lesson really came home to Joseph through during his Eagle Scout project—building, placing and painting seven trashcan boxes and two benches for at the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery. Numerous boys attended his work days. Each of them had a different skill set. Placing each participant in the right place added a certain degree of difficulty to his project because some boys seemed to be more adaptable than others. However, eventually he found the right place for every scout.
For Joseph, cycling means freedom. During his time in the troop, he has ridden 11 century rides and 120 miles during one of our Memorial Day 24-hour rides. His bike has taken him places he never would have gone, allowed him to see things he never would have seen and helped him make countless memories. He hopes that, through his participation in ESCAA, he will visit places, see things and make memories that will last a lifetime.