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Once A Scout, Always a Scout
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I have to say one of the best parts of my childhood was being both a Cub and a Boy Scout.  Because I was a non-swimmer, I never quite made it to the top as an Eagle Scout, but many things I learned I still practice today.

“Be Prepared” is the scout motto. If you look in the back of my van you might conclude I’m prepared for most any contingency. I don’t need your help AAA or FEMA, I’ve got it covered.

In Cub Scouts it was nice to have my dad involved with me, although I’m not sure how much I actually did to build the 6 inch Pinewood Derby cars we raced down the track.

Through those years I learned how to tie knots the right way, shoot with a bow, target practice with a rifle, build a good campfire and then cook over it, safely use a knife and ax, dig a latrine, and get along with others when camping out together.

My biggest Scouting adventure was with my dad and our troop on four day 40 mile hike around Mt Rainier. I’m fairly certain I had the world’s worst back pack… I may still have indentations in me from those canvas straps.

Even though we weren’t involved in a church for a good part of that time, Scouting sure wasn’t bashful about instilling moral values.  At one time I had the Scout Oath and Law memorized. It’s such a good starting point for any of us on how we should live our lives out.

Scout Oath (or Promise)
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.

If you have a favorite scouting memory, or a comment, feel free to share.  

Be Prepared, in Jesus name…


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  1. MistyW posted on 04/03/2013 09:17 AM
    my son is in Beavers, one step below scouts. It is Daddy and Son time together. They LOVE it!
  2. LorraineF posted on 04/03/2013 10:21 AM
    The very thing you admire about Scouting - that it isn't bashful about instilling moral values - is what has it under attack .

    If there ever was a time to support Scouting and your local troop, it's today.
    1. Larry posted on 04/03/2013 11:24 AM
      @LorraineF Thanks for bringing that to light... may former Scouts be encouraged to take a stand for the values Scouting has taught.
  3. HerbE posted on 04/03/2013 10:58 AM
    It's great to relive and make new scout memories with my older son, who is a Webelo.
  4. 3kidsmom posted on 04/03/2013 10:58 AM
    My son is in High School & currently a Life Scout aiming towards Eagle. I am a PROUD Scout Mom! He started in Cub Scouts as a Tiger and Scouting has helped mold him into a truly fine young man.
    Unfortunately my son does not have a good role model or relationship with his father, but he is so blessed to have "a few good men" that volunteer endless hours to his Boy Scout Troop. I have had the honor & pleasure of participating in a lot of exciting and wonderful activities and trips with his Troop & him, making great memories.
    A few years ago, my son held my hand & looked me in the eyes during one conversation about his dad and said to me, "mom, there are enough good men in our Troop that will make sure I learn how to be a good man".
    I will never be able to thank all the men & women who give their time to Scouting, who have contributed to his life and believe in what Scouting stands for.
    I so agree that we should all live with the principals behind the Scout Oath & Law, especially "to help other people at all times", what a wonderful world this could be if we all did.....Thank you Larry
    1. Larry posted on 04/03/2013 11:22 AM
      @3kidsmom Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope your words may inspire former Scouts to consider volunteering a little time with a local Scout troop. We can all help make a difference!
  5. ScottS_9 posted on 04/04/2013 08:28 AM
    My son Jake a who is a life scout and will be finishing his Eagle in the next few months have gone to philmount scout ranch two times for 50 mile trecks. It was some of the best times we have had together . Im so thankful for the times we have had together in the wood we both will cherish them .
  6. AmyC_2 posted on 04/05/2013 12:05 PM
    I love it that your prepared. How many people, can say that? My oldest was in scouts, he enjoyed it , but like most boys, they get involved in other activitys so scouting took a back seat. My youngest does not want to join, again to many other things.. Now my daughter is in her 7th year of girl scouts, she started in first grade just loves it. We took a break this last year, she wants to keep going. I hope, she keeps it up and goes through high school.
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