Scouter Spotlight: Meet Amir Rupshi

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Your pack, troop, crew, or ship is no doubt full of outstanding volunteers that tirelessly give themselves to Scouting and receive little—if any—recognition. Well, now is your chance to change that. Click here to tell us their story, but only after you read this week’s Scouter Spotlight.

Today we continue our cross-country quest to recognize outstanding Scouting volunteers with a stop in Carrollton, Tex., to meet Amir Rupshi (above right), Scoutmaster of Troop 758, an all-Muslim troop with a whopping 80 Boy Scout members.

Read on to meet Amir and hear his take on the Scouting program.

Tenure in Scouting: Involved with the program for 23 years, including time spent as a youth with Cub Scouts and earning the Life rank in Boy Scouts.

Scouting family: I’ve never had any children in the Scouting program. I volunteer because of the value the program has for youth. I don’t want any Scout to suffer from a lack of leadership or training.  

What’s your favorite Scouting memory?

I remember earning the Cycling merit badge as a boy. We rode all through the City of Chicago one day and visited the zoo, the Navy Pier, the convention center, and more. Because our parents were usually busy at work, these are memories my friends and I wouldn’t have had without the Scouting program.

What does Scouting mean to you?

Scouting is a way of life with a lot of fun and adventure built in. At the same time, it strengthens the moral and ethical fiber of our youth.

What would you say to a boy who is thinking of joining Scouting?

I would tell him: “You will do things you never thought you would do in your life. You’ll get leadership skills and communication skills that will help you in the outside world. You’ll get other skills that will help you in your career, too, such time management, financial responsibility, and the ability to work as a team on a project.”

What do you see is the goal of the Scouting program?

The Eagle Scout rank is the greatest accomplishment any youth can attain. However, it’s only a personal goal. There’s a greater goal in Scouting: building better people in life and helping them help others. Working toward the Eagle Scout rank helps do this, but it’s the journey that is most important. I was never lucky enough to become an Eagle Scout, but I have helped more than 50 boys do so. I feel lucky to have helped our Boy Scouts learn to take the right steps in life.

Many thanks to Amir for letting us get to know him better. Tune in next week for another edition of Scouter Spotlight.

4 thoughts on “Scouter Spotlight: Meet Amir Rupshi

  1. I had the honor of meeting Amir last year while attending Wood Badge 87 in Philmont. He was a fellow Antelope and I recognized his passion for Scouting values immediately. Amir came to Wood Badge to improve his leadership skills so he could provide a better program for his boys. It was apparent to me this goal would not only be obtained but exceeded as I met the seven other Leaders he brought with him to attend the course. While talking with Amir and his other Troop Leaders one could sense the respect the other leaders had for him. Every boy in Scouts deserves a trained leader. How lucky are the boys in Troop 758 to not only have trained leaders but a leader who is so passionate about our scouting values. It was truly an honor to have met Amir at Wood Badge and to have him as one of my new life long friends.
    Kelly Krantz
    Cubmaster P287

  2. As a parent of a boy scout, this is very re-assuring and encouraging. Who wouldnt want their son to be a boy scout now!

  3. I have had the chance to be a boy scout (Troop 825) with Amir and he is an exceptional individual . He goes out of his way to make others feel comfortable. His passion for scouting has made every event memorable. Thanks AMir

  4. I have had the honor of being friends with Amir for a short period of time. However, I have heard scouting stories and achievements of Amir and his fellow scouts for over a decade. He truly is an inspiration in our community and to the youth. He is one of the most humble people you will ever meet. He motivates us to enjoy the outdoors and we do so many activities with him as friends that we would have never done otherwise. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Amir for his good work and we are all proud to be his friends.

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