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A Den Leader’s Discovery

I was sure they wouldn’t ask me; I knew I couldn’t serve. I didn’t know the books or boys; I didn’t have the nerve. Then my 9 year old said, “Mama, Won’t you take my den this year? They can’t … Continue reading

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A Boy

After a male has grown out of long dresses and diapers, and has acquired pants, freckles, and so much dirt, that relatives don’t care to kiss it between meals, it becomes a boy. A boy is nature’s answer to the … Continue reading

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A Camper’s Ten Commandments

Thou shalt do thy share and more; Thou shalt keep thy sense of humor; Thou shalt do thy camp duties to the best of thy ability; Thou shalt not cry over burnt food; Thou shalt treat other people as you … Continue reading

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Memo From A Child

Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for. I am only testing you. Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel secure. Don’t let … Continue reading

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What Do We Get?

What to we plant when we plant a tree? We plant a ship, which will cross the sea. We plant the mast to carry the sail. We plant the planks to withstand the gale, The keeps, the keelson, the beam, … Continue reading

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The Boys

Boys are the nicest things that ever happen to me; those arrogant, self-assured, cocky little men, children who assume that all this great world revolves around them. Who else can carry half a worm, one crushed daisy, a piece of … Continue reading

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Twelve Guidelines for Living: A biblical Perspective on the Scout Law

In 1911, the “Official Handbook for Boys” was published by the then-fledging Boy Scouts of America. This book presented to Americans an organization with a framework of Duty to God and Country and a cornerstone of unselfish service to mankind. … Continue reading

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The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway, Came, at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream … Continue reading

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The Little Rules of Life

Sing in the shower. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. Watch a sunrise at least once a year. Leave the toilet seat in the down position. Never refuse homemade brownies. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Plant … Continue reading

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Chinese Parable of the Lost Axe

A man who lost his axe suspected his neighbour’s son of stealing it. To him, as he observed the boy, the way the lad walked, the expression on his face, the manner of his speech – in fact everything about … Continue reading

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