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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031237898X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312378981
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School—A hiking trip gone uncomfortably wrong, in violation of the first credo of Scouting to "Be Prepared," caused Townley to revisit the history of Scouting and its principles. It also provided him with the spark to begin a year of traveling the world collecting anecdotes from adults who have taken these principles of and incorporated them into their everyday lives. These men, all of whom achieved the highest honor attainable, tended to gravitate toward professions that allowed them to exemplify the service attitude and leadership they learned while enjoying the camaraderie of others. From doctor to soldier, teacher, actor, and Olympic competitor, each man had a story to tell about how Scouting led him to make choices that would enrich his life. Written with a distinctly American point of view, Townley's book puts forth the idea that the underlying principles of Scouting help boys to become men who will be compassionate, competitive leaders. An extensive index and full-color photos enhance this solidly written entry about the value of old-fashioned American gumption.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI
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In his new book, Alvin Townley showcases the spirit of our young generation. Like so many of us, these Eagle Scouts are out there pushing limits, exploring new possibilities, and serving other people. Spirit of Adventure tells a compelling story about a new generation and America's future. (NFL quarterback Peyton Manning)

The stories captured in Legacy of Honor hold valuable lessons for our country as we face new challenges at home and abroad. These Eagle Scouts will inspire readers to become leaders in serving others. (President Jimmy Carter on Legacy of Honor)

Whether you choose to become a teacher, a police officer, a doctor, or even the mayor of the greatest city in the world, your experiences as an Eagle Scout will prove invaluable. Alvin Townley's Legacy of Honor does justice to the proud history and bright future of the Eagle Scouts. (Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Legacy of Honor)

Alvin Townley's book describes how the Eagle Scout program can shape a life. He demonstrates this by providing examples of many former Eagles who have succeeded in life in no small part because of their experience in scouting. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle. (Senator Bill Bradley on Legacy of Honor)

In Legacy of Honor, we not only learn who many of these Eagle Scouts were, but the kind of leaders they have become and the enormous contributions they have made to their country and the world. In compiling these life stories, Alvin Townley has completed a picture of an extraordinary program and how its training has helped shape equally extraordinary lives. (Hon. Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator on Legacy of Honor)

Alvin Townley's book reveals the legacy of the Boy Scouts. He relates the adventures and deeds of Eagle Scouts living by the Scout Oath … while contributing to the success of America. An excellent story that will inspire all of us. (Captain James A. Lovell, commander of Apollo 13 on Legacy of Honor)

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barbara hanlon
Spirit of Adventure would make a great gift for an Eagle Scout, or a little motivation for a young man working towards the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.
D. Williams
This was a perfect gift for my son-in-law who is an Eagle Scout and working with my grandson to also attain this rank in Boy Scouts.
Ima Smart

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on May 12, 2009
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Once again Mr. Townley has produced an amazing motivating book featuring the highlights of Eagle Scouts around the world. Like he did for Legacy of Honor, Mr. Townley left behind his day to day life to continue his adventure meeting Eagle Scouts from around the world. This time he focused on Eagle Scouts from his generation to see if they were still living with the same passion and purpose that they had once applied to Scouting.

The book itself is an easy read. Each Eagle Scout is represented in a chapter while Mr. Townley keeps the book flowing by tying all of the stories together with an overall theme and smooth transitions. The reader almost feels like he is on the journey with the author, sitting down and meeting with the Eagle Scouts that are showcased. At the same time, you'll find yourself thinking back to your days at summer camp, the leaders who made a difference in your life, and the fun times you had as a Scout.

Spirit of Adventure is definitely a motivational book that shows that Scouting does make a difference in this world. Those of us that are still with the program will be able to relate to the success that Scouting can bring to a young man's life. It's a reminder that we are shaping the future.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with youth or is associated with Scouting. It inspired me to reflect on my journey through life and who I've become today. Spirit of Adventure would make a great gift for an Eagle Scout, or a little motivation for a young man working towards the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Miller Great Council on June 3, 2009
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America celebrates the 100th anniversary of Scouting in 2010. What impact has this program made on America's youth, particularly those in their 20's and 30's who earned Scouting's highest rank, the coveted Eagle award?
Alvin Townley's new book, Spirit of Adventure, Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future, explores this theme with a nonstop jaunt from the roots of Scouting in England to Australia's barrier reef, then through the halls of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and on to the roar of Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay. All through the eyes of Eagle Scouts who are already making a positive difference in their community, their nation and the world.
By combining current life scenarios along with youthful Scouting adventures Townley captures the essence of a small slice of America's electronic generation and the values and issues that are important to them. These Eagle Scouts give us a refreshing look at honor, courage and commitment.
The common thread among these Eagle Scouts is their desire for adventure and a willingness to set and achieve goals while making a positive difference in the lives of others. Values they all attribute to Scouting, their Scoutmasters and earning the rank of Eagle.
Spirit of Adventure is a good book for Scouting alumni as well as those who wish to examine what makes people successful. It is also an uplifting look at a new generation of American leaders who are ready to lead and serve.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ima Smart on January 7, 2010
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This was a perfect gift for my son-in-law who is an Eagle Scout and working with my grandson to also attain this rank in Boy Scouts. The book was in perfect condition and arrived in a short turn around time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil on January 9, 2012
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Alvin Townley's second book "Spirit of Adventure" equals his first effort and should be read by all Eagle Scouts. I ordered 10 copies to distribute among friends or to those I had the opportunity to participate in their Eagle Award presentation. The opening with a group of Eagles that worked or attended Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico is an apt starting point to chronicle the good works performed by several 30 year old plus Eagles. I hope Mr. Townley is contemplating future books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on June 4, 2012
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Loved this book! We have been a Scouting Family for 40 years. Our grandson is getting his Eagle and this was part of his gift from us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LH on February 24, 2014
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This was a gift, so I haven't read it myself, but it was very well received. I think it was a good choice for an Eagle Scout ceremony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Carlson on December 21, 2010
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This a great read for scouts and non scouters alike. Lets you know we still have some good folks coming up
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By barbara hanlon on May 20, 2012
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This was a gift to a young man who became an Eagle Scout. He said it was an awesome book.
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More About the Author

Alvin Townley has spent six years traveling throughout the country and around the world, capturing stories of leadership, service, and inspiration. He has met with extraordinary individuals from all walks of life who are serving their country, pursuing adventures with a higher purpose, and making a difference in our world.

His pursuit of these stories has taken him to the infamous Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam with a former POW, into South Sudan and Africa with Peace Corps volunteers, to America's inner cities with Teach for America corps members, to surfing and diving adventures in Australia, and to aircraft carriers in three different oceans, including the Arabian Sea combat zone.

Alvin has discussed life and leadership with leaders like Michael Bloomberg, Ross Perot, Cabinet Secretaries Robert Gates and Hank Paulson, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Bill Gates, Sr., and Jim Lovell of Apollo 13. He has also spent time with Navy SEALs, Olympic athletes, emerging entrepreneurs, missionaries, values-driven professional athletes, and others who share his passion for service and adventure.

Alvin Townley's writing brings alive moving personal stories that inspire America.


Defiant (2014) reveals the story of the eleven POWs who endured Vietnam's most infamous prison, the women who fought for them, and the one who never returned. Best-selling author Stephen Coonts noted, "Alvin Townley's story of the courage, valor, and honor of eleven indomitable POWs and their wives is a new American classic that will be read as long as breezes kiss Old Glory. As I read it I wept."

Fly Navy (2011) explores the values and people - officers and enlisted, past and present - behind the century-old enterprise of naval aviation. Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, Commander, Naval Air Forces 2007-2010, commented, "FLY NAVY crystalizes the imagination of flight into true inspiration."

Spirit of Adventure (2009) introduces America to a new generation of leaders - young Eagle Scouts who are leading lives of purpose and adventure. NFL MVP Peyton Manning commented, "Alvin Townley showcases the spirit of our young generation...Spirit of Adventure tells a compelling story about America's future."

Legacy of Honor (2007), his first book, explores how Scouting has influenced American life. President Jimmy Carter commented, "These Eagle Scouts will inspire readers to become leaders in serving others." Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the book "inspirational."

Learn more at www.AlvinTownley.com.

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