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October 23, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Haskins’ life changed by time with Iola troop

The Boy Scouts of America have more than 2.7 million youth members across the country, according to its 2012 Report to the Nation. The organization, founded in 1910, is known for its signature shirts adorned with badges, scarves and somewhat militaristic manner. The Scouts are active in nearly every American community. Over the course of several days, The Register will explore what makes area Boy Scouts unique, and how they fit into the big picture of what a Scout should stand for. The stories will highlight former Scouts, the current Scoutmasters, and those that are involved today.

“Boy Scouts was everything to me,” Victor Haskins said as he sat at a table, sipping on a glass of water. “I’ve basically been in it my whole life. I’ve always had the need to help others, and the Scouts offered a good opportunity for that.”
Haskins, 29, started Scouting in Iola when he was in kindergarten, as a member of the Cub Scouts. He worked his way up through the ranks and eventually reached the rank of Eagle Scout — no easy feat, and the highest rank in the national organization. He moved to Iola from Frankfurt, Kan., at a young age, where his father, Jim, was the Scoutmaster.
Haskins’ life experiences have led him through Allen Community College, the National Guard, University of Kansas and ultimately to a career as a computer technician with Advantage Computers in Iola. He said his time as a Boy Scout has bled through nearly every aspect of his life.
“The easier question would be what I didn’t learn,” he said with a chuckle.
Haskins joined the 891st battalion of the National Guard, and was dispatched to Fallujah Air Force Base in Iraq in 2004. He said the Boy Scouts taught him everything he needed to know about discipline and respect.
“I learned to respect myself and respect others,” he said. “There’s nothing I learned in the military that I didn’t learn in the Boy Scouts.”
After returning from Iraq, he completed his associates degree at ACC in 2007 and moved on to KU, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2011. He since began working with Advantage Computers in Iola, repairing and debugging computers.

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