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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

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1 posted on 12/30/2005 12:13:16 PM PST by Doc Savage
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To: Doc Savage

My husband still has his metal gold slide.


2 posted on 12/30/2005 12:15:33 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Doc Savage

My son is a Cub Scout(Webelo I) and he has been one since Tigers.


3 posted on 12/30/2005 12:17:34 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Doc Savage

I remember sewing on all those patches for 2 of my sons. Still have them along with the little arrow of light medals, etc. I don't know if they will ever want them, but I kept them.


4 posted on 12/30/2005 12:19:30 PM PST by Jrabbit (Kaufman County, Texas)
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To: Doc Savage

Still have everything... shirts, neckerchiefs and awards from cub Scouts to Eagle..


5 posted on 12/30/2005 12:19:34 PM PST by Zavien Doombringer (Have you gotten your Viking Kittie Patch today? http://www.visualops.com/patch.html)
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To: Doc Savage

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-)


6 posted on 12/30/2005 12:20:07 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Doc Savage
Den leader, Pack 1001 in Florida. My boy's a Wolf cub, and a great time is being had by all.

I took fifteen minutes of our meeting on 12/7 to teach the kids about Pearl Harbor., something they don't get in the schools these days, at 2nd grade or any other.

7 posted on 12/30/2005 12:20:21 PM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: Doc Savage

Sure, and I remember the den and pack meetings. Glitter had just been marketed. Glued matchbooks to wood plaques to give to my Granny for her stove. Akela came to the ceremonies.


8 posted on 12/30/2005 12:21:18 PM PST by BuglerTex (Support preservation of gravity tomorrow)
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To: Doc Savage
Mom had our old pictures out at Christmas and there were my brother and I, he a Tenderfoot Boy Scout, I had my Bear Badge on my little blue Cub Scout uniform; probably from about 1965. We reminisced of old scouting trips to summer camp too. Great days indeed. Vanity appreciated.
9 posted on 12/30/2005 12:21:55 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: Doc Savage

My Cub Scout uniform is long since gone, but not the memories. Back then, the Bobcat was a metal pin. I put a piece of paper over it, and made a pencil rubbing of it to mail to my Grandmother. We had cloth badges for Wolf, Bear & Lion.

At that time, the promise included the phrase "Be square, and obey the Law of the Pack.


10 posted on 12/30/2005 12:23:59 PM PST by SmithL (Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Lift up your gates and sing, Hosana in the highest! Hosana to your King!)
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To: Doc Savage
I don't remember Cub Scouts but I do remember being a Brownie. I had 2 older sisters and had to wear their uniform, only problem was they where really small and I was rather tall so the uniform was like a mini skirt !! My mom sewed on all my badges also - I still have it and my Girl Scout Handbook. I use it as a coffee table book and everyone that comes over gets a real kick out of looking through it - times they have changed !!!
11 posted on 12/30/2005 12:25:07 PM PST by finallyatexan
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To: Doc Savage
I remember scouting.

My uniform is in a trunk in Mom's attic.

It was fun in Alpine.. lots of great places to camp and hike.

That's "Twin Peaks".. we collected geodes and other rocks up there.
I still have 'em.

12 posted on 12/30/2005 12:27:03 PM PST by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: humblegunner

Our heritage

13 posted on 12/30/2005 12:33:13 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Doc Savage
While my son was home for Christmas he took out his boy scout camping equipment and asked me to bring it to the nearby church so some other little boy could enjoy the scouts.

It was such a wonderful experience for him and our whole family.

14 posted on 12/30/2005 12:34:50 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
Still have everything...

Which begs the question:

Does it still fit?

15 posted on 12/30/2005 12:35:01 PM PST by Doomonyou (FR doesn't suffer fools lightly.)
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To: bnelson44

My Boy SCout uniform is in a closet in the cellar next to my Grandfather's WW I uniform. My scout uniform is bigger and I wasn't a big 12 yr old,


16 posted on 12/30/2005 12:35:59 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Doc Savage

Cub Master myself here... Son's a Bear this year... Getting Ready for the Pinewood Derby in January.. and overnight camping weekend at Heritage (parent and son) in a few weeks.

In my very young days I can remember how much my first uniforms cost, while we were not butt poor, I know my parents had to do some sacrificing to get me that first uniform.

Fortunately or unfortunately, we haven't had to make such decisions for my son in terms of sacrificing to get/keep him in, but if I had too.. I'll do without to get him in and keep him in scouting. Its one of the few organizations left where boys are tought how to be men, and men of character.

I have a few single moms in our pack, and I know its tough and a sacrifice for them to get their kids there every time and everything.. but I am glad they do it, and do everything I can to help make sure we help them. I wish we had more of their kids involved... but it is VERY hard to recruit and keep the kids of single parents in... and its sad because they are often the boys who need it the most.


17 posted on 12/30/2005 12:37:46 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Doc Savage

Mine is hanging in my son's closet. He earned more arrow points as a Wolf than I did. (I got a gold and 4 silver. He got five). He's working through the Bear stuff now.


18 posted on 12/30/2005 12:38:50 PM PST by LexBaird ("I'm not questioning your patriotism, I'm answering your treason."--JennysCool)
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To: Doc Savage
Yep. I remember it. I remember going to Sears with my mom to buy all the pieces. I loved it when I got to wear it to school on meeting days. Thanks for the memories. ;-)
19 posted on 12/30/2005 12:38:53 PM PST by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Joe 6-pack
The pinewood derby thing brings back memories for me, just not real nice ones.

I was a tool and die maker many moons ago and the owner of the company gave me the project of tricking out his kids car.

Polish and straighten the axles, turn, true, and balance the lil tires, weigh, trim, and forward weight the lil body of the car, etc. etc.

I don't know if his kid won, but it seemed like a pile of crap cheating to me.
20 posted on 12/30/2005 12:39:46 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: 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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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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To: Beagle8U

Well I wouldn't expect you to quit over it... you weren't cheating... he was... and it wasn't cheating in the race so much as cheating his kid.

Even if he wants to do all that, bring the kid in, show him what you are doing, and explain why... let him help.. etc etc etc....

I am waiting for Son to tell me what style of car he wants this year... so we can get started cutting the block and shaping it.

If you can get it check out a movie called "DOWN AND DERBY" its all about a neighborhood of fathers who go completely bonkers when the Pinewood Derby comes to town....

One scene the father pulls out formal blueprints for the car... for him and "his son" to make.. the wife asks him, "when did you have those made?" His answer "As soon as I found out it was a boy"


41 posted on 12/30/2005 1:28:13 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Doc Savage
Glad you posted...thanks for the "memories"!

When my sibs and I were little, my sister was actually a Girl Scout, I was a Brownie, and my two brothers were Cub Scouts...then we moved!

But still, I bet my Mom has our badges and maybe even uniforms stashed away somewhere (I think my brothers' were hand-me-downs from our cousins?) and I always think of those days and appreciate the fine tradition of Scouting when I see today's Scouts and leaders at church and civic events...

42 posted on 12/30/2005 1:44:57 PM PST by 88keys
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To: Airborne1986

We had a parents race as well--good way to reduce the "help" that the fathers gave the sons in building cars. When it was over and with no advanced planning, the boy with the fastest car challanged the father with the fastest car--and beat the socks of him! You might give it some thought, especially if you keep track of the timer scores and know that the boy can win.


43 posted on 12/30/2005 1:48:25 PM PST by Small-L (I'm Third)
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To: Doc Savage

Some of us are still proud to be Scouts. I have been a registered Scout for nearly 50 years. I can't remember a few of the troops but I'm guessing 47 or 48 years.

I have nearly all of my rank advancement cards for Wolf, Bear, Lion and webelos. Ditto all the Scouting ranks including Eagle.

I resigned my Troop Committee Chairman job back 4 years ago to give someone else a chance.

My main job now is to be chairman of the eagle Rank Presentations at the quarterly courts of honor. Giving the Eagle Charge is a great job.

As a Scouter I was able to visit the BSA Sea Base in Floridia and the Scout Ranch at Philmont in New Mexico twice. Our troop was featured in Boy's Life twice, the most recent article described our overnight adventure under the Atlantic Ocean on board the Nuclear Submarine SSBN Maryland. I was able to man the helmn under the watchful eye of the officer in charge for as long as I wanted. It is a boring job and scouts were good relief.


44 posted on 12/30/2005 1:56:39 PM PST by bert (Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle)
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To: HamiltonJay

I understand.

I just think it would be better to only help the kids with the finer points of carving etc., rather than offering more advice and guidance than the kids are asking for.


45 posted on 12/30/2005 1:58:56 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: Doc Savage

Talk about politically Incorrect...

When I was in cubs one of our den meetings was making an ashtray with a photograph of ourselves glued to the bottom, we started with a clear glass ashtray, square, trimmed a picture from our last den meeting taken in Black and White, and glued it all together with a cork base.

It is a treasured momento in my shop where I keep all my little pins and gizmos like valve stems. There is me, a bright 9 year old cub, with hat, scarf, and uniform.


46 posted on 12/30/2005 1:59:16 PM PST by Sundog (cheers)
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To: Beagle8U

Same things were done to my car, but they were done by me and my Dad.

He also built the track which had electronic microswitches at the Finish to select the winner.

It was the first track with modern electronics in our region.


47 posted on 12/30/2005 2:04:10 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Beagle8U

Well, yes, I agree it would be better to do it father and son.... with some hand tools and maybe a minor power tool here or there... but at the end of the day, I personally don't get too worked up over it, if the father (parent) and son are working on it together.

When the 6 year old comes in with the absolutely polished manually pin striped car, that looks like a scale model.. you know he had very little if anything to do with it.

Many packs and dens have had to return to the BUILDING happening at formal meetings to cut down on cheating.... we haven't had to do this yet.. and hopefully never will.


48 posted on 12/30/2005 2:04:11 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Doc Savage

I remember well. From Cub Scouts (my mom was den mother) to Boy Scouts (dad was involved), every badge available, every office in the troop, up to Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster.

And then there was Camp. Down by the Osceola River, which no longer exists.


49 posted on 12/30/2005 2:08:46 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Joe 6-pack

My Pinewood Derby will blow the doors off of yours. Its got all the secret stuff built in (long wheel base, runs on three wheels, ballast in the back trunk, whoops shouldn't have told ya :-).


50 posted on 12/30/2005 2:13:56 PM PST by vger (freeping since '97!)
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