In the article “Are There Still Boy Scouts?” in the October 2014 issue of Esquire magazine, Mike Sager features Dr. Robert M. Gates, former CIA director and secretary of defense and the recently elected president of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the leaders of Boy Scout Troop 780 of South Central Los Angeles. The Esquire article illustrates that Scouting is as relevant today as it was more than a century ago.
Troop 780 is located in South Central LA. The troop’s Scoutmaster, Romualda Vasquez Pena III, fondly known as Romy, has been part of the troop since he was 13, and he is now in his 28th year as its Scoutmaster.
The Eagle Scouts of South Central, a video by Miles Sager Films, highlights Scoutmaster Romy and three of his troop’s Eagle Scouts: Joaquin Morales, John Patrick Gutierrez, and Joshua Vasquez, all assistant Scoutmasters. As both the article and the video show, Scouting provides young men opportunities for obtaining leadership skills that last a lifetime and a path to a rewarding future.