Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 16:02:57 BST
I've tried to get over some of the history of Scouting. I'm particularly
fortunate to be working with a BSA troop in England, where we have a mixture
of experiences and cultures. Members come from all over the US as well as
many other countries.
A few months ago we had our district camporee in Normandy on the site of the
D-Day landings. The following week I asked the SM if I could do the
Scoutmaster's Minute, and told a story which I had taken from a book long
out of print, " The Left Handshake : The Boy Scout Movement during the War
1939 - 45 " by H St.J Saunders. I posted it at the time, but I can email a
copy if necessary.
Another story came from the news about a British Beaver Scout who had a rare
form of cancer that had left him blind in one eye, and he had just been told
that it had affected his other eye, which would have to be removed also.
Nicholas Killen was seven. The Beaver Scouts helped him to complete the
requirements for his Beaver Scout Badge before he went into surgery. But the
main part of the story was his reaction when he was told the news.
Apparently all he said was " Oh well, I suppose it can't be helped " .
A Scout is courageous , and I think that example from a little lad says it
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City