Earle Peterson. Friend and Scout.
Lew Orans (lporans@ONRAMP.NET)
Mon, 3 Nov 1997 21:27:50 -0600
Not all of you knew Earle Peterson. He was the National Director of Boy
Scout Training at the time we were developing the revised staff guides for
Junior Leader Training and Wood Badge.
Earle was a wonderful man. He had a grand sense of humor and a unique
dedication to Scouting. In many ways he personified the point of the Scout
Law "A Scout is Friendly ... He is a friend to all and a brother to every
Earle passed away on Friday at the Sea Base in Florida. He left quietly in
his sleep. I am sure that this was so that no one would be put upon or
inconvenienced. Earle was the ultimate gentleman.
Earle was a personal friend and my close brother in Scouting. At times,
when things were difficult, Earle was always there as a mentor, coach,
guide and friend. He encouraged my work on Pine Tree (JLTC in Minneapolis)
and was the impetus behind its adoption as the basis for the National
Syllabus for Junior Leader Training. He introduced me to NJLIC and
encouraged me to bring some of our staff. That began in 1991and continues
at Philmont today almost 7 years later.
>From his earliest days in Scouting, as an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member
of the OA, a Lodge Chief, a graduate of the Syracuse University School of
Forestry, to his career as a professional in the BSA, Earle dedicated
himself to the service of others and to our Movement.
As I worked with Earle, I developed a deep respect and affection for him.
Many Scouts and Scouters around the country will be saddened by his
passing, miss him and remember him fondly.
Earle has "gone home." His legacy is in all he touched... those who knew
him and those tens of thousands of Scouts and Scouters who took part in the
training he designed and the programs he helped develop.
Please pause for a moment and join me in remembering this special man, this
friend to all, this true Scout.
Yours in Scouting,
Sam Houston Area Council
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