Tango Yankee said:... on meeting days you'd see boys in uniform at school. (Can you imagine an elementary school student with an official Cub Scout folding knife hanging from their uniform belt in school today?) ...
Big Man said:Same thing here. On meeting day, all of the boys would wear their uniforms to school. And the knife, well EVERY boy had a pocket knife in school. We never dreamed of them being a "weapon", it was just a knife for sharpening pencils or cutting sticks or whatever.
Times sure have changed ... [huh]
Aside from being there, there was no [apparent] Leadership provided by the adults involved. It's hard to say without having been there.Undertow said:Troop 77 - I don't recall my rank, I was kicked out.
My troop spent 95% of the time watching the older scouts playing Advanced Dungeons&Dragons while the younger ones, myself included, were forced to sit around the campsite and literally do nothing. Occassionally, we were graced with a hike or a badge, but after years of this waste, I got a wild hare and started "hiking" away with other scouts to explore the woods and grounds around us.
This was simply too much for the Scout leaders and I was eiminated from the roster. It seems unfair, but I suppose it's a matter of perspective; the older scouts very much enjoyed playing AD&D all day and night for three days straight. [huh]
My son was an Order of the Arrow and made it to First Class scout. I was so mad when he quit due to peer pressure. Remember the night he had to stay in the woods all by himself. (that will make a man out of anyone)
My husband was Scoutmaster (I think if I remember also Order of the Arrow) and I used to go camping with the troop. I had a blast watching those boys plus they had to cook for me (silver turtles anyone) . Hilarious fun. One of the best organizations.
Many people collect vintage Boy Scout memorabilia.
carter said:The worst thing one can do with a bunch of boys is to take them somewhere, provide no planned activities, and let them get bored. They need to be engaged in a well-planned and executed outdoor experience. And...they should have fun doing it.
Foofoogal said:I have bought and eaten so many Girl Scout cookies lately I try to hide from them. Those things are dangerous. How many Thin Mints can one eat? lol