Local Eagle Scout Honored
On the evening of Saturday, September 24th the Capitol Area Council Boy Scouts of America proudly celebrated those who have achieved the coveted rank of Eagle Scout from 1913 to 2010. More than 9,000 names are etched in a graceful granite wall outside the entrance to the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center in Austin. Johnny Kidd, a resident of Blue, was one of those invited to attend.
Johnny began his scouting career 55 years ago when he joined Cub Scout Pack 54 sponsored by Highland Elementary School in Plainview, Texas. He was in the 4th grade.
When eligible, Johnny progressed to the Boy Scouts, becoming a part of Troop 221 in Plainview. During his tenure with Troup 221, he earned many awards; however, the Order of the Arrow camping award eluded him when a close friend won by one vote. Johnny had voted for his friend instead of himself.
A Spanish Translator patch, the result of a Spanish course in the ninth grade at Estacado Junior High in Plainview, marked the beginning of a linguistic journey. As a voice major in the UT School of music he was required to sing in French, German, Italian, Latin and, occasionally, English.
After his father’s death in 1960, Johnny and his mother moved to Austin where he continued his Scouting career in the Explorer Post 406 sponsored by Lamar Junior High School. It was while involved with this post, in 1964, that Johnny earned the highest award, that of Eagle Scout. While working toward that prestigious honor, Johnny earned many awards, including the Order of the Arrow (it came back around), God and Country, Scout Lifeguard and Mile Swim patches. Scout Lifeguard required four merit badges: Swimming, Lifesaving, Canoeing and Rowing. The Mile Swim badge was earned in Bull Creek near Lake Austin. Johnny was paired with another scout swimmer who beat him by three minutes then told him that he was a competitive swimmer.
Johnny was an alternate on the canoe team for Post 406 when a canoe race went the length of all the Highland Lakes, portaging all the dams. Every year, when the winning team crossed the finish line on Town Lake, it signaled the beginning of the Austin Aqua Festival.
Johnny and his wife, Linda, moved to Blue, Texas in September of 2009. They are members of the Blue United Methodist Church and sing in the choir at Lexington UMC.