“I felt proud…” That was the
response 15 year old Masyn Buchanan gave when asked how he felt after
receiving the Summit Navy SEAL Challenge Award at the 2013 National
Masyn, a Scout with Troop 513 in Sugar Hill, was one of 500 that signed up to take the challenge. For the first time ever, the Summit, in partnership with the U.S. Navy offered Scouts and Venturers the opportunity to earn the special award. Prior to taking the challenge, Boy Scouts were required to meet the following pre-requisites: Rank of Star or better, and have earned the Lifesaving, Swimming, Personal Fitness and Citizenship in the Nation merit badges.
While at the National Jamboree, each participant was required to complete their assigned Jamboree Curriculum and successfully complete the demanding Navy SEAL Physical Screening Test (PST). The PST (which is the same test given to all Navy personnel attempting to become a SEAL) consists of a 500 yard swim within 12 minutes, 30 seconds; 50-90 push-up within 2 minutes; 50 curl-ups in less than 2 minutes; 10 pull-ups; and a 1.5 mile run within 9 minutes 30 seconds.
Once all testing was done, Masyn along with 43 other Scouts and Venturers had earned the elite award. Masyn plans to continue his Scouting adventure by earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the coming years.