Another book? Another book!
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Mon, 30 Aug 1993 22:13:39 EDT
John Bush recently brought up the new book "On My Honor..." which I have
commented on elsewhere. I would like to mention another one which is
called BE PREPARED and was written by a Scoutmaster named Cochrane.
I don't have the full cite -- the book is home. It is written in 1952
and reflects on Cochrane's 20 years as a scoutmaster. The first part
would have occurred in 1932 and (1) was extremely funny and (2) reminded
me of my own troop so much I had to seriously reflect on how
"the more things change, the more they stay the same." When he describes
his scouts, tired after a hike, as looking like they were trying to "walk
under water," I burst out laughing (and I was in a very public place.)
His story covers the funny and the sad. The story about indoor eagles
made me cry. Seems an indoor eagle is one who advances by collecting
signatures and without learning any skills. One scout, fast on his way to
being an indoor eagle, had to miss a scout meeting to babysit his little
brother. He complained that if he didn't turn in his blue card that night he
would not advance at this court of honor. The parents agreed to take the
card to the meeting for him. The signed card certified his completion of
the First Aid merit badge.
While the scout was babysiting little brother falls through a window cutting
an artery. Big brother did not know what to do. The bandage wouldn't stay on
and while his baby brother creid for him to help him, he was frantically
looking through his scout book for some clue. He never learned about pressure
points and direct pressure and his brother bled to death.
(long pause while I collect my thoughts)
The book has many other facinating facts. Anyone reading this book would
have a hard time putting it down. What if you had a Japanese boy in your unit
when the government began to inter them in camps. He tells how the scout
kept up his scouting even in the camps and how BSA supported scouting in the ca
mps with the help of a certain order of monks. And how every time a troop star
ted in the camps, the "leaders" were mysteriously transfered to other camps.
His description of preparation and travel to the 1949 (I think) JAMBO is
quite revealing. So to is his discussion of the big NEGATIVE outcome
of paying men to be scoutmasters. Paying me seems like a good idea. After
reading Cochrane's book I know it is not.
If there are saints in scouting, Scoutmaster Cochrane is one!
If you found this interesting or if you have favorite books in and
about scouting plase post them here.
Still a bear, C-25W-93
Wow, Cochrane was a scoutmaster 19 years before I was born and his
scouts don't seem that different than mine.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City