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#1 blw2

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 11:56 AM

So I've mentioned reading this book a few times lately in various posts.  Well, I finally finished it today over lunch.

I highly suggest it.  If you are here, you are interested in scouting and scouting stories so you will enjoy this book.

 

The short of it is, this guy was a scout in the 1940's.  Became a SM as a young adult and led a few units through a very outdoor adventure oriented program through something like 40 years.  It's divided up into short stories, which makes it an easy read.... with a good amount of chuckles every few pages.  Some of it is a bit dated, in that there were things done that I cannot even imagine being considered today, but in that you also get a taste of what scouting used to be in a way, too... and he had some great co-ed stories too, with some coed adventures with a GS troop, and then later with an explorer post

 

Seems like they did a lot of backwoods type backpacking and canoe trips, some winter adventures too.  As a scouter in a tailgate/ troop trailer plop camping troop....It really struck me how great folks out west must have it, with lots of really great options of places to go.

 

http://www.goodreads...-in-my-backpack

 


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#2 deanofmac

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 12:50 PM

I read that book when my son entered Cubs in 2007. It is  great read!!

 

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:13 AM

I looked on Amazon for this book.  Cost of $99.  Where did you get your copy?  Not sure I want to pay that much.  

 

Another fun scouting book for leaders is "I Thought Scout Uniforms Were Fireproof!"


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#4 blw2

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:38 AM

I think I bought it used on amazon

but not too long ago I saw it on sale at scoutstuff.org....or maybe that is where I bought it. Can't remember for sure....

 

$99 wow, I should have kept better care of it!  Been throwing my copy around in the truck, and eating lunch with it.  A bit worn and dog eared now.


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#5 Col. Flagg

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:50 AM

Try here. Says $20.


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#6 TWCub

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 02:50 PM

Try here. Says $20.

Thank you!


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#7 desertrat77

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:11 PM

Looks like folks are responding well to the recommendation, @blw2

 

I ordered a used one from Amazon yesterday and paid about 9 bucks, shipping included.  There weren't many cheap used copies available then.

 

Naturally, buying a used copy from a thrift store located in another state means that delivery will be slow, pack-mule slow.   But I'm looking forward to reading it.


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#8 Chadamus

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:36 PM

Shame there's no e-book.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 09:33 PM

So I've mentioned reading this book a few times lately in various posts.  Well, I finally finished it today over lunch.
I highly suggest it.  If you are here, you are interested in scouting and scouting stories so you will enjoy this book.
 
The short of it is, this guy was a scout in the 1940's.  Became a SM as a young adult and led a few units through a very outdoor adventure oriented program through something like 40 years.  It's divided up into short stories, which makes it an easy read.... with a good amount of chuckles every few pages.  Some of it is a bit dated, in that there were things done that I cannot even imagine being considered today, but in that you also get a taste of what scouting used to be in a way, too... and he had some great co-ed stories too, with some coed adventures with a GS troop, and then later with an explorer post
 
Seems like they did a lot of backwoods type backpacking and canoe trips, some winter adventures too.  As a scouter in a tailgate/ troop trailer plop camping troop....It really struck me how great folks out west must have it, with lots of really great options of places to go.
 
http://www.goodreads...-in-my-backpack

blw2,

I was fortunate enough to have Tom as my SM. 
 
Here is a photo of Tom giving the son of one of my fellow scouts a copy of "Rocks" yesterday at this young mans Eagle Court of Honor yesterday.

 

Ian

 

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