At age 69, Brownwood businessman and civic leader Robert Porter hasn’t forgotten the Boy Scout oath and law that he recited as a scout.
    The core values he learned as a scout stayed with him throughout his life, Porter told a group of scouts from Brownwood’s Troop 14 at the American Legion Post 196 building.
    Porter talked about his memories of scouting as the scouts ate lunch Saturday in the Post 196 building. The Texas Trails Council will honor Porter with the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award during a dinner Nov. 2 at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.
    Dr. Steve Kelly, president of the Central Texas Veterans’ Memorial Committee, introduced Porter and another former scout, Dr. Dan Locker, a retired Air Force general. Both men spoke informally at the relaxed lunch as the Troop 14 scouts prepared to resume painting the tank and artillery pieces in the 36th Division Memorial Park.
    “Being here today with you boys brings back very fond memories of different scouting projects that I enjoyed being part of when I was a Boy Scout,” Porter told the scouts.
    Porter said he started in a Cub Scout pack with his mother and the mother of a lifelong friend as den mothers. “We started learning how to grow from boys into young men,” Porter said.
    “I thoroughly enjoyed all of my scouting activities — camping at Camp Billy Gibbons, doing special projects. I enjoyed going to the camporee and I learned how to have my fire starter kit … I could start a fire and boil the water … learning to read the trail signs. These are life impressions that you never forget.
    “ … Swimming in Brady Creek, fishing in Brady Creek, going to the council ring, and these special projects like you do. You’re giving back to your community.”
    Giving of themselves will always come back to them, Porter told the scouts.
    “The scout law that you all recite, the scout oath, I live and believe,” Porter said.
    He said he doesn’t have many life regrets, but he does regret that he did not advance beyond the rank of Life Scout to achieve the rank of Eagle. “Perfume, the smell of gasoline and high school activities got in the way of finishing my Eagle,” Porter told the scouts. “Don’t let that happen to you.”
    But even a scout that does not become an Eagle scout still has the core values of scouting, Porter said.