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Old 04-26-18, 04:46 PM   #31
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Man, I've been debating about scouts for a year. Maybe I'll sign mini me up this fall


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Old 04-26-18, 04:57 PM   #32
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8 years old to start Cub Scouts (although I think Tiger Scouts start at 7 years old). 3rd and 4th grades are Cub Scout years with 5th grade being "Webelos" and 6th grade bringing them into the big boy scouts at the age of somewhere around 11. That means that there are six years to work up to Eagle Scout rank. (And, the Eagle Scout Badge is the only civilian award allowed to be worn upon the uniform of military personnel in the United States.)

If he's interested, let him go full tilt! He may turn out out be a natural like his dad. But above all, keep doing what you're doing. You're raising a fine young man there!
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Old 04-26-18, 05:06 PM   #33
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That is one very impressive collection of books!
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Old 04-26-18, 05:30 PM   #34
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(And, the Eagle Scout Badge is the only civilian award allowed to be worn upon the uniform of military personnel in the United States.)
Did not know this - interesting!

Is the BSA Handbook related to the american boys handy book? I have my tattered copy sitting between my US Army FS21-76 and my two Dale Martin books. I made the log raft from ABHB one summer and it floated for way longer than I thought it would - also made catfish jugs, the bb chucker, etc.

Family and I went hiking on the Tallulah gorge floor and a young scout leaped out of the viewing deck to help my wife across the first rock hop crossing. Good kids.
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Old 04-26-18, 05:47 PM   #35
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I wasn't familiar with the American Boys Handy Book until you just mentioned it. I think I need to make an order from Amazon now. My curiosity is piqued to a high degree! It sounds like a lot of the same lessons are taught in each book.

The Boy Scout Handbook and Fieldbook are two completely different entities. Both are official Boy Scout publications, but they have different uses. The Handbook relates directly to Scouting and advancing in the ranks through earning Skill Awards and Merit Badges. The Boy Scout Fieldbook relates more to woodcraft and survival. The Fieldbook would be a good addition to anyone's library. (Of course, there's not a durned thing wrong with having a collection of Army "programmed texts." A collection of those programmed texts helped me immensely with the Army Officer Selection Board once upon a time and long ago.)

Glad to hear that Scouts still exist and that young men still aspire to greatness and to being gentlemen. Maybe there is still hope for the upcoming generations.

This is the copy my parents got for me when I was a Scout, but my favorite edition was the one published in 1941 that my dad had when he was a "Lone Scout" in the swamps of south Mississippi in the early 1940s.

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Pardon my confusion, Swamp Angel - I just opened my American Boys Handy Book and I see from the foreword that it was written by Daniel Carter Beard, the founder of the Boy Scouts in America.

The preface is Beard's original work - first sentence:
"Unless boys have materially changed their habits in the last few years, it matters little what the preface of this book may contain; for it will be skipped without a passing glance."

Enjoy this book!

Re: Army program texts - my sister in law did the Peace Corps in west Africa years ago, and my gift to her before she left was an Army survival manual. She rolled her eyes at the time but later said it turned out to be so useful that it was one of the few precious items that warranted space in her Africa-proof stuff sack.
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Old 04-27-18, 10:19 AM   #37
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I forgot I picked up American Boys Handy Book too. Flipping through it, I saw several things I wanted to do. It will be just as much of a learning experience for me! I'll have to find a Fieldbook.
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Old 04-30-18, 11:48 AM   #39
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This is the best GSMNP report 'round these parts in a loooong time. Super pics, great story, and beautiful fish! I need to get back up there soon.
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