Max Atkinson is a 15-year-old freshman who enjoys running, wood working and outdoors sports. He intends to apply to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he will study History and Civil Engineering. Max began his Scouting experience in 2006 as a Tiger Cub Scout. He became a Boy Scout in 2010 and joined Troop 165 in 2012. One lesson Max learned from his scouting experience is to never be afraid to ask for help.
Max recalls one memorable scouting experience when on the second day of a troop campout, the scouts were expecting hamburgers for dinner. But, when they looked in the food coolers, all that was there was a package of tortillas. The grub master (scout who is responsible for providing the food) had forgotten to bring the hamburger meat. The Scouts were scrambling, trying to figure out what they were going to eat, when they went to the adult scouters; the adults revealed that they kept a foot locker full of non-perishable food. They supplied each patrol with two to three cans of beef stew and this taught him not to be afraid to ask for help.
For his Eagle Scout project, Max restored the interior of a 1918 caboose that currently is parked on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail. The caboose is used for community events.
Max enjoys cycling because of the freedom it provides to travel quickly under his own power. He is participating in ESCAA because it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the country and improve himself both physically and mentally by pushing himself to his limits.