Book Review: Spirit of Adventure by Alvin Townley

Back in March I was contacted to see if I would be interested in receiving a gallery proof edition of Alvin Townley’s second book on Eagle Scouts – “Spirit of Adventure Eagle Scouts and the Making of America’s Future,” to review. I was extremely interested, as I was a big fan of Alvin Townley’s “Legacy of Honor”, unfortunately I was in the middle of traveling to the Middle East with the military and had to decline as I did not have a mailing address.

Luckily for me Joshua from did receive a gallery proof edition, and later received a hard copy edition of the book. If you read Josh’s review of Spirit of Adventure, you’ll know that he was trying to figure out what he should do with the book. While I figured he would end up giving it away to a reader, he instead mailed it to me since I had reached my final destination, and had not been able to review the book. (Thanks again Joshua!)

The book arrived on a particular good day. I had just finished a 12 hour shift that had left me drained of energy and motivation. It had just been one of those kind of nights. On my way back to my living area I stopped by the mailroom and was surprised by the book from Joshua. All I had wanted to do was go to sleep, however I had to check it out, and I was not disappointed.

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.

Mr. Townley discovered the answer to that question, and you will too if you read Spirit of Adventure. You’ll be introduced to numerous Eagle Scouts who have captured the Spirit of Scouting and represent the future. You’ll meet a wide variety of Eagle Scouts, such as:
– CBS Survivor Contestants
– Coral Reel Marine Biologists
– Purple Heart Veterans from Iraq
– Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa
– Teach for America Corps Members
– And more…

You’ll learn about their Scouting background, what they learned in Scouting, how it means something to them today, and how they use the skills and morals they learned in Scouting to lead successful lives. Here are two snipits of Eagle Scouts you will meet:

Two cousins fled Sudan at age twelve and arrived in a violent Nebraska housing project. “Only three people were brave enough to come into our apartments,” one said. “The police, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and our Scoutmaster.” The Omaha Scouting program changed their lives forever…and now they plan to change life for thousands of Africans by undertaking an ambitious project to provide clean water.

Against all odds, twin brothers from a poor neighborhood became accomplished surgeons, and have since completed two dangerous and independent medical missions into Afghanistan to serve women and children. The pair was supported only by the local militiamen they hired; caves were common operating rooms. Now, local Afghans know them as doganagy, or “same face healers.”

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. For those readers who are not associated with Scouting, the book will show the real benefits Scouting can bring to a young mans life.

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. If you haven’t already ordered a copy I’d encourage you to do so today!

You can learn more about Spirit of Adventure and Alvin Townley at

Check back tomorrow to see how you can win a copy of Spirit of Adventure!
Visit the Spirit of Adventure Contest Page for more information on the Book Giveaway

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Superior review! Glad you enjoyed the book. Sorry it put a couple extra bags under your eyes. 😉 Thanks for the shout out.

By Joshua Godinez on May 13th, 2009 at 7:21 am

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