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My First Cub Scout Uniform
December 30, 2005 | Doc Savage

Posted on 12/30/2005 12:13:13 PM PST by Doc Savage

I apologize for a vanity posting. Had a flashback this afternoon and it just made me go back through the years and I was left wondering if anyone else remembered their scouting days so long ago.

For some unknown reason I remembered the very first time I ever had a Cub Scout uniform. We were so poor that just to buy it meant others in the family went without. I can remember like it was yesterday how great it felt and how proud I was to have the complete uniform.

My mom sewed my badges and troop number on, and I had the yellow neckerchief with a special gold slide to hold it. And the dark blue pants. It was such a great feeling to be part of the Cub Scouts! My father was the Scout Master, and we had a great troop.

Still have the same feeling about being a Boy Scout several years later. So, sorry for the vanity, but something just made me want to connect with anybody else who just might remember those times.


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To: humblegunner
Yep. I was never in Scouting as a child ; however my two boys are and I'm an Adult Leader. My memories are of my boys and the other young boys that are now all young men. To watch a group of boys grow into respectful and good young men will always be memories I hope to have. God and Country were always keys for our pack, and later our Troop. To have your men on their own volunteer to help others is amazing to me.
21 posted on 12/30/2005 12:40:02 PM PST by possumdawg (There are three types of people- those that can count and those who cannot)
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To: Joe 6-pack
but my first pinewood derby car would've blown the wheels off of yours. It's sittin' right there any time you're ready...#8-)

You're on! Mine's in a trunk in the garage. Still remember my Grandad teaching me to carve on it.

22 posted on 12/30/2005 12:41:18 PM PST by LexBaird ("I'm not questioning your patriotism, I'm answering your treason."--JennysCool)
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To: Doc Savage
Somehow I got sucked into being the Tiger leader for my son's troop when he was a kindergartner, and I often get a lump in my throat when I see these now-six foot boys turning into fine young men. The Tigers, Cub, and Boy Scouts often provided my son's example of manliness, as his dad and I split around that time and he wasn't around to provide one. I'll always be grateful to scouting for helping show my son what real values are.
Bless your heart for posting this one. Happy New Year!
23 posted on 12/30/2005 12:46:26 PM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Beagle8U

Can't disagree. That cub was cheated of the good part.


24 posted on 12/30/2005 12:47:42 PM PST by sgtyork (If Osamma calls someone in the US, should the NSA hang up?)
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To: Doc Savage

Never made it to Weeblo... Plus, I thought the Weeblo neck thing was uglier than the yellow and blue one.


25 posted on 12/30/2005 12:48:38 PM PST by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: Doc Savage
My son is a Bear Scout now. He loves doing scout activities with his friends. We've been busy, but we stick with it. He also just passed his Brown Belt test.
26 posted on 12/30/2005 12:49:30 PM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Doc Savage

Eagle Scout 1971, Great Times.....


27 posted on 12/30/2005 12:50:11 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: truthkeeper

Ditto


28 posted on 12/30/2005 12:50:26 PM PST by possumdawg (There are three types of people- those that can count and those who cannot)
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To: Doc Savage
Your delightful post brings back a flood of fabulous boyhood memories of activities in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I haven’t retained any memorabilia from my time as a Cub Scout, but I have all the badges of rank and my merit badge sash I collected on the path to earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

I had the benefit of a wonderful family and community in Utah totally dedicated to supporting the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. If a young man wanted to work at it, there was no shortage of people and resources to help him succeed in Scouting. We had easy access to camping in all seasons, hiking, river rafting, rock climbing, skiing, and snowshoeing which was quite extravagant for the 1960’s.

My most vivid memories are of the camping excursions, especially the winter camp. We had to hike to the winter camp site in the mountains on snowshoes. We dug down in the snow three or four feet to pitch our tents. Staying warm and well fed was a chore but we loved it. Those were wonderful times that I will never forget.

29 posted on 12/30/2005 12:52:34 PM PST by Unmarked Package
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To: Doc Savage

My mom still keeps my cub uniform somewhere, far more years than I want to admit to


30 posted on 12/30/2005 12:56:18 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the hubris to think they will be the planners)
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To: Doc Savage

Does bring back great memories. Boy Scouts - Troop 388 - Albuquerque New Mexico. Learned archery, firearms safety, how to use a compass, cook on an open fire. Also saw my first laser beam in the 60's someone from Sandia Base brought to show us. Hiking the Sandias, Jamboree in the Monzano's...great times.


31 posted on 12/30/2005 12:57:05 PM PST by Liberty Valance ("Can't hide Freedom's song." ~ Starwise)
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To: Squantos
Den 2, Yokohama, Japan, 1956-59.
What happened to Lion patches ?
When I was a Cub, it was Wolf, Bear, Lion, then Webelos.
32 posted on 12/30/2005 12:57:51 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Beagle8U

It was a pile of cheating.. sadly thought, it happens every year.... of course, what all those cheats never seem to realize is... yes there are certain things you can do to aide in the car.. but at the end of the day there's huge amount of just plain luck rolled in there.

The sad thing about the cheating is, the entire point of it is for the father(parent) and son to do it together... its not about the winning, though that's always fun.. its about spending time together and sharing knowlege and experiences.


33 posted on 12/30/2005 1:00:15 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

No more Lions... Now they have a younger group, called Tigers, starts in 1st grade.

Progress is:

Tiger
Bobcat
Wolf
Bear

The above three are CUBS

Then you have WEBLOS (We'll Be Loyal Scouts)
Year 1 and Year 2.

There is no longer a Lion rank.


34 posted on 12/30/2005 1:02:33 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Jackknife

Yep, back when Sear's used to sell em... Mine is lost to the Ages.. my mom may have it crated up somewhere... but now I get the fun of wearing the uniform all over again... At least until son's in Boy Scouts.


35 posted on 12/30/2005 1:04:57 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

Well, I had kids to feed at home, I told him I didn't think it was right but I wasn't going to quit my job over it.


36 posted on 12/30/2005 1:13:17 PM PST by Beagle8U (An "Earth First" kinda guy ( when we finish logging here, we'll start on the other planets.)
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To: HamiltonJay
I was an Army brat overseas in the 50s. After Cubs, a kid could move on to Boy Scouts or join the Sea Scouts (kind of like Explorers). I chose BSA and made it to Life.
My mom was a Den Mother for a couple of years and my dad ran the .22 shooting program for the Cubs and Boy Scouts.
37 posted on 12/30/2005 1:13:38 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Joe 6-pack

"I hate to rain on your nostalgia parade, but my first pinewood derby car would've blown the wheels off of yours. It's sittin' right there any time you're ready...#8-)"

We just bought a new track and "laser" (quotation fingers) timer. We plan to finance it by having a parent Pinewood Derby immediately after the Cub Scout's race their cars. It is like serving up raw meat to Wolves (no pun intended).


38 posted on 12/30/2005 1:15:29 PM PST by Airborne1986 (Well, you can do what you want to us. But we're not going to sit here while you badmouth the U.S.A.)
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To: Doc Savage

One year when I was helping my oldest son sell Cub Scout popcorn, three different men, in the 40's and older, brought out their old uniforms to show us. It was very meaningful for them obviously!


39 posted on 12/30/2005 1:15:52 PM PST by Tax-chick (I am just not sure how to get from here to where we want to be.)
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To: Doc Savage
I fondly remember my first scout meeting...1956 in the Methodist Church basement in Jeannette Pennsylvania, and our Scoutmaster was "Jim Shotts," nicknamed "Old Rough and Ready." Like you, I was proud of my brand new Scout uniform, and even more proud when I earned by first "rank," Tenderfoot--in those days, you had to earn your first badge. I remember my first hike, my first camping trip, my first summer camp, and many more experiences. I also remember becomming an Eagle Scout. My Scoutmaster came to our wedding.

I also remember becoming a Scoutmaster, backpacking with my sons as they grew up, and the nights each of them became Eagle Scouts. All three of us still have it on our resume's.

I credit three things with my success in life, my parents, my wife, and my Scouting background. Everything else is a result of those three.

And I still remember that "I'm Third."
40 posted on 12/30/2005 1:22:11 PM PST by Small-L (I'm Third)
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