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Discussion in 'The Breakroom' started by WildEMT, Dec 5, 2006.
Cub Scout; received the Arrow of Light in the late 1990s.
The Scouts had a huge influence on my life. I was a Cub Scout (my Dad was the Cubmaster), and later joined the Boy Scout troop in my town. We didn't have much of an infrastructure for merit badges and such because it was a small town, but our troop used to do a day hike and an overnight backpack every month, year round (New England, which meant a lot of snow camping). At 15 I began working summers at the Algonquin Council's Camp Resolute in Massachusetts, first as a service patrol member. Got promoted that summer to program staff. Over five summers, I eventually became program director and "camp commissioner" -- liaison between the staff and scoutmasters.
I picked up a lot of merit badges at camp, but never worked on rank -- which I now regret.
Was OA Brotherhood -- and I think I still remember the handshake. I KNOW I remember the blood brother ceremony!
Being in love with the outdoor life, in high school I decided I wanted to be a Forest Ranger. Big problem then: I found that English literature was more my aptitude than science/math, and I went on to other things for many, many years.
Now, in my later (waning?) years, I find myself employed by the US Forest Service as a technical writer/editor/webmaster and Forest Protection Officer, and work with about the greatest bunch of men and women, in about the greatest surroundings, anyone could hope for!
Thanks, BSA!!!! (and PTL!)
Edit: During my years at camp, I was also JASM in my troop. Later, while in college, I led an Explorer post for a year or so.
Eagle Scout class of '73 here, with two palms. I'm also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. I served as an assistant Scoutmaster, a unit commissioner and an assistant district commissioner. I earned my silver arrowhead as both a unit commissioner and an ADC.
Was a Scout, later a Scoutmaster, all many years ago. It was a great experience.
Was a Beaver, Cub Scout, Scout & Venturer....Best times of my youth!
I made Eagle when I was 17 in 2001. Scouting definitely has an effect on your gear-dorkness...I know that's where I got started.
My son is finishing up the paperwork for Eagle just now (I'm a very proud dad!), and I am assistant scoutmaster in our troop. My sweet wife sits on the committe.
Reading another thread here, it occurred to me how many people here at this forum are former Scouts. I credit the Scout motto "Be Prepared" and my very first EDC item, my Scout knife, as what really started me on this lifelong obsession with keeping myself prepared. It's really where I first learned woodcraft and learned to love the outdoors. It seems almost hokey to say aloud nowadays, but I pretty much still live by the Scout Law all these years later. I think it's a decent guideline for being a good citizen.
Anyway, just curious, anyone else here a former Scout? (Boy Scout, Girl Scout, or any other non-US variation thereof)
"A scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverant"
I wanted to join when I was a kid, but for some reason my dad opposed it. I never found out why, possibly he thought it was too rightist/patriotic/religious/whatever. He did make an effort to teach me about knots and the outdoors himself. In any case, I've never been a scout, but that hasn't stopped me from quoting the motto from time to time.
I was an Air Scout in the UK back in the 60s, my Dad was a flyer in the RAF, as well as all the regular scouting activities we got to lots of cool stuff to do with aviation, from badges in aircraft silhouette recognition to flying in gliders. I really enjoyed the Scouts and many of the skills remain with me today. My whole family is still involved in the Scout/Guide movement to some degree.
I help out with my son's Scout troop whenever I can; love camping, building fires and cooking on them, carrying fixed blade knives legally and using them etc etc
My wife is heavily involved in the local Girl Guides (= Girl Scouts) she's a Divisional Commissioner running the Guides for half of Cambridgeshire and my daughter is a Girl Guide (just achieved the highest UK youth award - The Baden Powell Award. They had a presentation party for her last night - was Mum proud? - you bet!).
As a family we all have a love of outdoors life and my 11 year old son is already an EDC fan, as he can carry his SAK and Leatherman Micra, Firesteel etc legally when doing Scouting activities.
Similar topics merged.
I was a Beaver/Cub/Scout and Venturer.....now my oldest son is in Beavers.... :highfive:
Well, one of the biggest regrets of my life was the decision I made after completing Cubs and Weblos and getting my Arrow of Light and NOT crossing over into Boy Scouts. Now, 30+ years later, my oldest son is a Life Scout (O/A member and Ceremony Team), middle son is First Class, I am their Scoutmaster (O/A member), my youngest son is a Bear Cub Scout and my wife is his Den Leader... so, I guess we're all in! :woohoo:
Just re-living my youth through my boys, I guess
Went all the way through Cub Scouts, and made Eagle at 16. My son got his Eagle at 14. Great times!
Scout here cub to boy to Life. O.A. also
My mom put up with fourth scouts in the house. Three boys and my Dad, a Scoutmaster and former Boyscout himself . All four of us are eagle scouts and I went on to be a Venture crew chief and an Assistant Scoutmaster for a short time. Though as life seams to get in the way as we age, none of us have continued with any serious involvement. But I look back fondly and rely heavy on the things I learned in the Scouts. Excellent Program.
Eagle Scout (2 palms)
Philmont Wrangler at Ponil 3 years
Philmont Ranger 3 years
I never made Eagle -- I quit around junior high -- but I was a Star Scout. OA Brotherhood, too. Our troop -- 45, Skyline Council [now renamed to something else], the same one my dad was in -- was very small, so I was SPL at about 15 years old. :7) Got my 50-Miler and my Zero Hero and lots of other patches/awards, most of which are in a box in my basement (and which greatly interest my kids!). I went to summer camp at Tomahawk two or three years, and that was a lot of fun, as well as all the weekend trips we took.
My oldest child is a girl, now in Junior Girl Scouts (which offers some really lame activities). The next one started Cub Scouts this fall, and likes it so far. The next two -- well, we'll see. About half the times I get asked for a bedtime story I can trot out one of my Boy Scout stories -- seeing moose on Isle Royale, sleeping in an igloo next to the Winter Carnival Ice Castle, making doughnuts on campouts in a dutch oven, etc., etc. -- and they're satisfied.
Both of my Scoutmasters have since died, yet I think about what I learned from them -- practical skills as well as life lessons -- very often. Those were some of the best times of my life, and I really hope my kids can get even a fraction of that experience.
Unfortunately I did not get to be in the scouts. But I did lead my sons Tiger Den 2 years ago. Loved it.
Eagle Scout - 1983 (joining my older brother and two 1st cousins in Troop 70, Williamstown, MA).
O.A. Ordeal Memebr
Philmont 1982 (Crew F28/F-2, need to return to Baldy one day.)
ASM & Troop cmte. member 1986-1990
District Executive, Baltimore Area Council, 1990-1991 (like so many who enjoyed the Scouting program, the professional's role wasn't for me.)
No kids of my own, but currently helping a family friend with his Tiger den.