Picks and Pans Review: Eagle Scout: the Story of Henry Nicols
HBO (Tues., July 11, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Nicols is a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion while still a boy in Cooperstown, N.Y. For four years his condition was kept secret outside his immediate family (his parents and two older sisters). But in 1991 at age 17, Nicols decided to go public in a big way, lecturing numerous student groups and using his own medical plight as a public-service project to earn his Eagle Scout status. (He has been scouting since he was 8.) Henry comes across in this simple but moving documentary as a spectacularly normal young man: enormously likable, brave and upright, truly a good Scout.