And there are two men who "personify the spirit Rockwell captured in that painting," according to Jiggs Moore, Parks and Recreation Director. Wednesday morning, they were inducted to the Honors Board at the Recreational Complex.
The late Roy Nall, who was a volunteer Boy Scout leader for 33 years, and Lynn Hasty, who has been a volunteer Boy Scout leader for 15 years, were honored this year for their commitment and service to community youth.
Moore described the honorees as "men of two different generations but linked nonetheless by a common thread - two Boy Scout leaders with a dedication to help mold boys of our community into young men."
At age 18, Nall was a junior assistant Scoutmaster and became the assistant Scoutmaster of Sikeston's Troop 43 at age 26. Three years later, he took over as Scoutmaster and led the Troop for the following 22 years.
When nominating Nall, Paul Vaught wrote: "Roy was dedicated to Scouting. He was highly respected by the parents and the boys. Roy was always in charge and the boys knew it. He could be strict when he needed to, or gentle when he should."
As a tribute to their past leader, several men who belonged to Troop 43 attended the ceremony and shared their memories of Nall.
"The word dedication keeps popping up when I talk about Roy," said Floyd Presley Jr., a past Scout of Troop 43. "It was so important because he was always there for us."
Nall's widow, Betty, unveiled his name on the Honors Board. She was pleased not only that her husband was named, but also by the attendance of Scouts he had guided. Seeing them was like a homecoming to her.
"It's a very big honor," she said,. "It shows he wasn't forgotten and his legacy is still going."
To Presley, Nall was a fine leader who taught his Scouts many important lessons, such as how to be a good citizen and respect one another.
Moore pointed out that Nall and Hasty shared many attributes. Like Nall, Hasty received the Silver Beaver Award and "is one of the few adult volunteers who have the commitment and love of Scouting that sets them apart." Both men also volunteered both before and after their sons were involved in Boy Scouts.
In 1990, Hasty began helping Troop 59 as a volunteer and took over as Scoutmaster in 1997.
Moore recalled "In nominating him for the Honors Board, Bill Bye wrote 'Lynn teaches them by his actions of service, without regard of recognition or what is in it for him. Lynn exemplifies all that Scouting should be as a leader.'"
Hasty said the enjoyment he gets from watching kids grow up makes all his work worth it. "They learn a lot in Scouting," he said.
Some of his fondest memories, such as teaching a youngster how to light a fire, tie a knot or put up a tent and two years later watching them teach others, illustrate this.
Being a leader is so rewarding, in fact, that Hasty wants to continue volunteering to the Boy Scouts as long as possible. "As long as my health holds I'm going to do this," he said.
Boy Scouts has been a family effort for the Hasty family. A Scoutmaster's duties include tracking each boy's progress, documenting it and keeping up with the paperwork so the Scouts earn badges and advance through the program.
"He works with the boys and brings it all home to me and I get to write it up," said his wife, Marilyn. "But I enjoy it - it puts a smile on his face."
Hasty's secret to success as a Scout leader is to keep learning fun for the boys. "You have to constantly make it a game for them and not let them know they're learning," he said. "The biggest thing is for them to learn about themselves so they can grow up."