Somewhere, in somebody's attic or basement or garage, (I hope) is a hand carved "Eagle Patrol" gateway sign. My dad got the cedar plank (he said it would be weather proof) and a buddy carved it . As PL, I kept it for awhile. It was passed on to the next PL, and the next. We used it for camp entrance, trail ID. And there was a hand made Patrol Flag. I can't imagine anyone involved would throw them away, but you can't tell, ultimately.
My mom kept all my old school papers, the good and bad. I had to ultimately decide what to keep, what to recycle. (Not throw away, recycle.). They make interesting conversation with my kids. And I have to decide what of my kids stuff to keep, to reminisce about. Will Scoutson appreciate that I kept that "A" history essay from 5th grade? His genetics Science fair entry poster? I was proud of him for them. I think when he is much older, he needs to know that.
It is said that no one really dies, so long as there is someone alive that remembers them. That is why, I guess, we study history: to remember and try to learn from our successes as well as our mistakes. But then, we have to admit they were mistakes to learn from them.
What do the young owe the old when it comes to remembering? Valuing of the past? You young Scouts have more history to make than I do at the moment. Make sure it is history you will want to remember.