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any Boy Scouts out there?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by natedog, Dec 26, 2002.

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  1. natedog

    natedog Member

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    any boy scouts or former boy scouts out there? im currently a boy Scout, and i got my Life Rank a few months ago. boy scouts is the main thing that has gotten me into guns.
     
  2. Azrael256

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    One right here. Loved every second of it. Rifle shooting and shotgun shooting merit badges on my sash :)
     
  3. 22x9

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    Eagle Scout - '88
     
  4. cratz2

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    Didn't quite make Boy Scouts... I was a Cub Scout all the way up to Webelos... that was the end of Cub Scouts, right? With the sun over the arrow...

    Man, that was a long time ago.
     
  5. Greg L

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    Way back in the last century I was (Life, a couple of mb & project short of Eagle). Currently a Den Leader in Cubs for my middle son and Assistant Den Leader for my oldest (who is moving up to Boy Scouts in a couple of months). Finish up your Eagle, you'll regret it later if you don't.

    Greg
     
  6. Chugach

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    I'll echo what Greg L said. Keep going to Eagle. I was Life with about 4 merit badges short of Eagle when our troop disintegrated. Coulda found another troop, but didn't, and have regretted it since.

    My son was in Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. He dropped out, but I'm still with the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

    One of my favorites things to do is firearm safety education with boys from the troop (sisters and parents sure welcome too), and activities like basic skeet.

    <high horse on>
    Boy Scouts is one of the few organizations left that focus on building young leaders of young men. Support 'em!
    </high horse off>
     
  7. deputy tom

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    I wasn't but My friend just received the Silver Beaver Award.He also in a member of the Order of the Arrow.Spends most of His free time working at the camp fixing or building something.A great group of volunteers.tom.:D
     
  8. BamBam

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    I was a Scout in Wisconsin back in '74-'75.
    I remember getting my Polar Bear badge. We had to hike and camp in sub-freezing weather to get it. Actually had a great time!
     
  9. Dave R

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    Yes, I enjoyed scouting very much. Serve on a Scout committee now.

    I have done some hiring during my career, and any resume with Eagle Scount on it automatically makes the first cut.
     
  10. Gila Jorge

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    Scouting is a fine discipline for young boys who want to become men. Fine training. Was in cub scouts through Webelos...then moved to an area that had no scout troups. But went into Boys Brigade at church...similar. When I look at possible employees I look for scouting and military in backgrounds for a first cut base. Neither and you don;t make it. Blessings. Especially with all the heresy about homosexuality and the Untied Way! Watching the news tonight about a place in ********** where Untied Way did not want to contribute to scouts and this man and his wife set out and campaigned to raise money for the troup....came out better by far.

    Edited by Preacherman (as moderator) to remove one sentence on 12/26/02, 11.37 p.m.
     
  11. Jeff White

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    I was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, then Webelos Den Leader, then Assistant Scoutmaster, then Scoutmaster...

    It's a great program. Don't give up on your quest for Eagle. It will mean a lot to you in adult life. Worth an extra stripe on enlistment into the Army if that's where your dreams take you. You've already learned things that will serve you well in adult life.

    Jeff
     
  12. MitchSchaft

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    Was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. I made it to Life rank, but teenage life kept my out of making Eagle :(.
     
  13. Smiley

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    i remember lighting off .22s all week long at summer camp. I think that was the only thing I did for activities the whole time I was there.

    Teenage life almost got me away from the end goal and took some of my friends away form it. however all my really close friends were Boy Scouts with me and We had 8 Eagle Scouts form our city within in a one year period.

    There is a local scout troop that does a camping trip right on the Skeet range of our shooting range. They spend the whole weekend there and get their riflery MB.

    Stick with it until Eagle. Some may ridicule you for it. Earning my Eagle rank helped in a big way to get me my last job as a supervisor.
     
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    I just wanted to add that my friends that didn't make it to Eagle pretty much all regret not going for it. Not a terribe loss for them. But a regret non the less.
     
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    Former Cub Scout , Boy Scout , Cub and Scout leader and poossibly soon to be comittee member . Also Father of two former Scouts. Great orginaztion.
     
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    Eagle Scout, 2 palms 1990.
    Warrior in Mic-O-Say.
    Brotherhood in Order of the Arrow.

    I used to not think much of my Boy Scout days...but I have come around and really look back on those events with fondness.

    Keep it up, all the way to Eagle!
     
  17. Adam White

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    Another Life Scout for life

    I gave up on Scouts at a young age - though I stayed relatively active until around 16.

    I blame it on a lot of things, not the least of which was an anti-gun scoutmaster and adults who would put you in charge until you made a decision that they disagreed with - then they would take charge (Well, at least it was good training for my current job!). But the truth is, I just lost interest.

    I was fortunate to have a high school JROTC program where I found myself learning real hard core fieldcraft from former Special Forces officers, etc. I also learned to shoot - really shoot (While my first time shooting a rifle was in Boy Scouts, I went to summer camp after my first year of high school and could outshoot everybody there). I started to look at my scout troop at the joke that it was - especially when the next year I was shooting M16s!

    Now don't get me wrong, I think the Scouting program is wonderful - the version where I was was just didn't appeal to my teen-aged need for adventure. I almost wish my ROTC cadre were also involved in Scouts - they probably could have motivated me to finish (I had little respect for my scout leaders).

    I have since met other former scouts who have told me stories that make me envious. Stories of shooting programs, serious outdoor activities for the older guys, etc. 'Seems our whole program was focused on the 11-13 year olds.

    Oh well. I, like many others, left while just a merit badge and service project away from Eagle. I turned 18 a month after completion of Basic Training for the Army - my time was up and I moved on.



    Adam
     
  18. David Blinder

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    Eagle with 1 bronze & 1 silver palm-1978. Currently an assistant scoutmaster in my son's troop where he recently made Life. Guarantees are hard to come by in life but if you'll live your life adhering to ideals set forth in scouting, you have excellent odds of being happy and successful.
     
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    Eagle Scout - Class of 1975 - (and 11 palms - didn't have a girlfriend to get in the way at the time).
    OA - Brotherhood
    God and Country

    Never regretted it, and it has led to a lifelong Scouting experience that includes many great memories, close friends, and a wonderful opportunity to provide meaningful service to others while simultaneously making a positive impact on the future. The principles I learned in Scouting, like those I learned from church and my parents (it's interesting how those principles are the same across that spectrum), have served me well during my life, as they will well serve you also. With a new baby boy due early next year, I suspect I will get to go through the program again - I can't wait. Get busy, Natedog :D , make me proud!

    Sincerely,

    Michael
     
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    I’m an Eagle. Stayed in until I got too old despite more than a few moments of teenage angst given to me in a large part by associates that weren’t Scouts. I’ve learned more about being a man from belonging to this organization than I have from any other single group. In those incredibly impressionable years of ones youth, its good to be a part of a group that teaches character as well as the BSA does.
     
  21. redbone

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    Me: Eagle, Troop 112, 1969

    Father got silver beaver years before.

    My older son got his Eagle in 1998, also BSA Lifeguard and every waterfront merit badge at camp (swimming, lifesaving, canoeing, sailing, boating, rowing, and skiing).

    Younger son spent too much time as an "involuntary" scout, and never joined, but he's probably the best outdoorsman of us all.

    I've been a Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, etc. Currently the Chartered Org. Rep. Go Troop 120! We've graduated over 15 Eagles in ten years.

    Scouting is a great program for a lot of reasons. A big one that doesn't get much press is that it allows a father to stay well-connected with his son during the teenage years.

    RBH
     
  22. Jeff OTMG

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    I am in the same company as Mitch. I made life, but at 14 I got a motorcycle and a girlfriend at 15. That was the end of scouting for me.
     
  23. stephen_g22

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    I earned my Life rank at 12 and my Eagle at 17 (1986). I dropped out for awhile and came back once my Mom and Dad pointed out how close I was to Eagle. Besides that I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Scouting.

    Stick with it, you won't regret it.
     
  24. Waitone

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    Cub Scout--Pack 56 Ft. Jackson, SC
    Boy Scout--Troop 56 Same
    Explorer
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    Being in a troop sponsored by a military reservation I got to do things no one else could. Very helpful when the post's commanding general was a sponsor and his sons were in the troop.

    Shooting you ask? How 'bout M-16's, 1911's, M-14's.
    Field skills you ask? 20 mile forced marches, 5 miles routinely. Rapelling (sp?), land navigation, particularly good a night navigation, orienteering, combat swimming, mountaineering, escape and evasion, lifeguard, brushfire fighting, backfiring,

    The memories just flood back.

    Left the scouts and have not returned. What is being to the scouts is criminal in my view. I support them, but I can not fight two fronts at the same time. I chose the RKBA front.

    Keep driving until you achieve Eagle. You'll never regret it. Being an Eagle puts you into very, very exclusive company.

    Thanks for asking the question.
     
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  25. Guy B. Meredith

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    The Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts are one of those all too rare opportunities for kids to learn to look out into the world and become exposed to something more than cell phones and trivial type of surface socializing.

    Having a chance at learning to shoot safely was one of the most memorable events in my life. Absolutely fell in love with those .22 cal rifles with peep sight and bull barrel. Couldn't figure out the disgusted look on the shooters' faces as they rested though, until I tried serious marksmanship.

    I am very sure that my curiosity about the world and how it works, desire to look beyond the surface to understand comes from experiences and the mind set of being a Boy Scout.
     
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