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sign of a deprived childhood: A kid who never went camping!!


Yes we love to see family's camping and the smiles on kids (including our grandkids) faces when they are camping.

One of the things I am most thankful of growing up is that DW and my parents were both avid campers, almost every vacation was a camping trip, and we passed that experience to our kids and they to the grandkids.


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Those Scouts are the ones that will grow up and become respectful campers and RVers in the future too!

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My son, on sun. just graduated from cub scouts to boyscouts. I think he is looking forward to all the camping trips he will be taking.


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As a current adult leader in the BSA and a scout from boyhood, I started reading your post and slapped my forehead with an "oh no" but was gratefully surprised at the ending.

We took a group of Cub Scouts camping late fall last year and we worked diligently with the boys beforehand and during, to observe courtesy, conservation and respect for others and nature.

If folks take the time to invest in the future of our children, there will be much less to complain about, and more helping hands in the future.

P.S. These kids are working me to death. There's the weekend camping trip with scouts, then there's the Sunday night recovery session for the adults (but worth it!)


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bondebond wrote:

As a current adult leader in the BSA and a scout from boyhood, I started reading your post and slapped my forehead with an "oh no" but was gratefully surprised at the ending.

We took a group of Cub Scouts camping late fall last year and we worked diligently with the boys beforehand and during, to observe courtesy, conservation and respect for others and nature.

If folks take the time to invest in the future of our children, there will be much less to complain about, and more helping hands in the future.

P.S. These kids are working me to death. There's the weekend camping trip with scouts, then there's the Sunday night recovery session for the adults (but worth it!)


Thank you for giving your time showing the Boy Scouts the way things should be done.
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Thanks for posting such a positive story. I too started reading your story and assumed the worst was about to be told. Glad it was the other way. From the detail in your post it is clear that these youngsters had quite an impact on you.

After a constant stream of bad news every day, it is great to hear some good news.


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We are a scouting family (both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts) and I'm glad to hear that there were such fine young men representing the organization in such a positive way! My son is almost 16 and is in the upper ranks in his troop (he will be receiving his Lifetime rank at the next Court of Honor ceremony in a couple of weeks and will begin working toward becoming an Eagle Scout). When we camp, either with the troop or just as a family, we always abide by the rule that you leave someplace better than how you found it. Glad to hear those young men did the same.

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Thanks for sharing.

As an Assistant Scout Master I am proud to hear of your positive experience and am sure you would have felt the same camping next to my troop.


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Pretty great story. I also have a son in scouts. I thought oh no to lol. I passed this story along to.


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This is actually nothing new. I have read several stories here that go the same way . . . they arrive, there is the apprehension, then the surprise, what a positive impression.

The real shame is the people who have sued the organization and the efforts to keep them from using government installations for free. With all of the problems with gangs, etc., you would think people would want to promote the organization.

BTW: It is interesting to read the history of the Boy Scouts of America. It was started by someone who encountered scouts from the same sort of organization in England and was similarly impressed.


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