- "I’m proud to be the first Scout troop to achieve this rank. I’m also terrified to be the first Scout troop to achieve this rank. The two emotions are mixing inside my body and it’s confusing. It’s confusing."
Earl Harlan was one of the leaders of the Night Vale chapter of the Boy Scouts of America until the events of Eternal Scouts. He is one of the victims of the mute children, who drag him away among dozens of others.
Harlan was somber and self aware of his feelings, and conflicted between his terror and pride at the upcoming Eternal Scout ceremonies.
Earl Harlan was Cecil Palmer's childhood best friend. They were in the scouts together and Earl taught Cecil a way to hook his phone up to the radio station while earning their 'Subversive Radio Show Host' badges.
It's implied that Earl was in (or was about to be in) a relationship with Cecil at some point, and still carried something of a flame for him. Earl's last words to Cecil were, "We could have had something, Cecil. Always remember that," said with a shiver while clutching Cecil's arm during an interview at the radio station. Earl then exits the studio, dejected.
When Earl is taken by the scout children, Cecil says that he thinks often about the last moments he spent with him and the things that were said.