Possible RT Scoutmaster's Minute
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Sat, 21 May 1994 02:41:39 -0600
My dad is former scouter, having spent thirty-some-odd years as an adult
volunteer. He's been to Woodbadge, has been a staffer for
I-don't-know-how-many Silver Moccassin sessions [ JLT a la GSL Council ],
and is a Silver Beaver recipient.
We were reminiscing the other day and he told me a story. A true story
that he experienced first hand.
A troop of about twelve boys was sponsored by a local LDS Ward. One of
the scouts had some form of leukemia.
The troop planned a campout which involved a hike of about 2-1/2 miles up
a fairly steep grade to a beautiful lake area. As the troop arrived at
the debarkation point and began their hike, the boy with leukemia began to
feel quite ill. The troop decided to make camp after about the first
The next morning, the leukemic scout was feeling better. The troop broke
camp and started up the hill. After a short time, the boy was again
feeling ill. The troop halted to rest. During the break, the boys
decided to divide up the ill boy's gear and carry it for him if he felt he
would be able to continue. They were soon on their way and made it up to
All the boys had a great time! The boys had decided to help this fellow
scout in keeping with the tradition of brotherhood. Their demeanor and
attitude was so much more positive than if the adults had made this
decision for them.
This campout was the last one the leukemic scout made. He was overtaken
by the illness and 'went home' about four months later. The entire troop
attended the funeral services--in uniform.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City