Lucas Tran, 17, is a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. He spends a lot of his free time on expeditions with the Boy Scouts. He's currently working toward the Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts. When he first joined, however, he wasn't too excited about the program. It took a meaningful friendship to draw him into the Boy Scouts. In the end, the friendships he made through the program gave him much more than an outdoor education. Lucas' story is part of KQED's Youth Takeover Week.
We all have objects, people or events that change who we are as a person. Whether that's winning a competition, meeting the love of your life or joining a gang. Whether it's good or bad, it shapes us into who we are today.
The smell of freshly cut grass, the sounds of birds chirping and the sight of Scouts of all ages. When I first joined the Cub Scouts, I was shy, quiet and lonely. I didn't talk to anyone, and didn't like being there in general. Being forced to go there every week was hell for a 6 year old. It was like this for months, until one day a random friendly face invited me to play dodgeball.
Little did I know it, but that one gesture would change my life forever.
Andy took me under his wing. Because of him, I opened up and became more social. We became best friends that couldn't be separated.