A Scouting Moment
Hutcheson George M (RX29470@DEERE.COM)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 08:54:08 GMT
I've been thinking about this all week and just had to share it with
the list. You veteran scouters have probably had this happen many times
but for me, hey, "its my first frog".
Last Saturday was the outdoor session of Scoutmastership Fundamentals. That
morning was windy and cold with intermittent rain and snow. Although it
was before dawn I'd gone outside to start the cooking fire so that the coals
would be ready when the trainer showed up for his demonstration. Another
trainee and I had gotten a nice fire going and were gathering some extra wood
when out of the dark a lone scout plopped himself down on a log by our fire.
Not an older boy either, he was wearing a Webelos hat.
Seems that his troop was sleeping in a cabin just down the hill and he had
woken up cold, saw our fire, and decided to get warm. He, the other leader,
and I talked for a while and then he left to take some kindling back to
This got me thinking, where else could a boy approach two strangers on a
miserably cold and wet hilltop without having to wonder about being welcome,
not to mention being safe. It's kind of wonderful being the recipient of
that much trust. BSA really is a special organization.
Anyway, it sure made my day.
George Hutcheson Pack 44/Troop 42
RX29470@Deere.com Cedar Falls, Iowa
Eagle Class of '67
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City