When the Las Conchas Fire ripped through Cochiti Mesa in 2011, it took Alan Kernodle’s house and all his possessions with it. Though he recovered from the ordeal fairly well, there’s one thing the fire took that was, or so he thought, irreplaceable.
Kernodle, a Los Alamos native who has been active in the Boy Scouts for many years, attained Eagle Scout in 1964. The fire consumed his award, as well as all his other scouting memorabilia.
Though he’d be the first to tell you that being a scout is all about character development and being the best person you can be, and not about ranks, badges and awards, there were a lot of memories and lessons learned from achieving those ranks, badges and awards, especially the Eagle rank. Not only were they were nice little reminders of the memories and efforts he put into the program, but they also reminded him about who he is today.
“Scouting taught me responsibility and leadership, and you also gained a lot of confidence going through the program,” he said.
Kernodle added that because of those reasons, having that one piece from his past would have made up for all the other memorabilia he lost in the fire.