Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Sat, 2 Dec 1995 16:54:45 EST
Hi Mike and all,
My favorite story is as follows. I went out grocery shopping one
night a year or so ago in mostly civvies, but I had my red scouter's
jacket on with the OA patch on the back.
I got out of my car in the shopping center parking lot, and a young
man, probably 20-something, and his girl friend got out of the car in
front of me. The young man saw my scouter's jacket and said, "Are you
I said, "I sure am."
He beamed and stood up a little straighter. "I'm Bill Jones" (I don't
remember his real name), "First Class Scout." He then offered me a
scout handshake. I was delighted to have the chance to talk about
scouts, and so we talked for a couple of minutes. I also told him
that he should find a troop and get involved, as young boys needed
obviously responsible men as role models.
I remember this incident very fondly, as the young man was so proud of
having been a "First Class Scout." In general, I can't tell you the
number of times I've had that red jacket on and have gotten comments
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City