Re: CSP Challenge #6
Ed Faynor (EDFAYNOR@AOL.COM)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 11:03:39 -0400
In relation to most of the rest of the list, I am what can be
considered as a newbie to Scouting so my cache of scout
stories is small but growing. My first introduction to this
world was two years ago as a second year Weblos Den
Leader. It was a small den and had my son and some of
his friends. One was Bobby. He is all of 4 4" and weighs
soaking wet about 53 lbs. He wears glasses and looks very
scholarly, but he can be a hellion. His attitude to Scouting
waxes and wanes. He and my son, both Arrow of Light,
joined the same Scout Troop. Summer camp this year was
Bobby s first and his tent mate was a boy new to the
Troop ( 4 weeks). Sunday night after dinner, Bobby s buddy
develops stomach problems ( 24 hr flu) and is in the infirmary
all night with several bouts of vomiting.
Monday morning we are preparing for a hike to the climbing
/ rappelling area. It was about four miles one way through a
forested trail. The Scouts are loading day packs with lunch,
sneakers, rain gear, water, and other required items. The
tent mate shows up smiling, he was released from the
The show hits the road, I was one of the last out of the
campsite and about five minutes behind. About < mile
into the trail, I catch up with the last scout in line.
It s Bobby. There is this bulging pack on his back and
he is leaning forward just to carry it. I came up behind
him and said, "quite a load there, Bobby". His response
was " since Chris ( tentmate) was sick and didn t have a
good day pack, I m carrying his stuff too. If he feels OK
he ll carry it on the way back."
What do you do. I watched Bobby work the hardest of
any young man his size up to about the two mile mark.
It was more than enough. I passed the word forward to
the leaders to take a break. I suggested that the Senior
Scouts let Bobby lead the trail for a while. They caught
on quickly. Soon that bulging pack was on a fifteen year
old football player and Bobby was standing upright with a
pack that was more manageable. He led the way for the
rest of the hike in, and it was at a pretty good pace.
Why stay a Scouter? It only takes one positive instance
where a young boy in a scouting environment steps beyond
himself and your expectations to make it all worthwhile. To
repeat a favorite closing " We do it for the stories we can tell"
ASM Troop 61
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City