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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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To: Doc Savage

This is a great post. I went from webalow(sp?) to Boy Scouts. But unfortunately quit in eight grade, but had a great time looking back. In ninth grade became a band geek playing drums. It is a great organization that I remember fondly after 20 years.


51 posted on 12/30/2005 2:18:10 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Joe 6-pack
. . . my first pinewood derby car would've blown the wheels off of yours.

I built a rocket-powered Pinewood Derby car during my son's second year of competition. It was powered by an Estes model rocket motor activated by a microswitch in the nose of the car. The rocket had a two second burn time, with a six inch flame out the back. Drop the gate, wait one second and WHOOSH!! It was a real crowd pleaser . . .
52 posted on 12/30/2005 2:20:20 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: BraveMan; vger
Mine has a rotating turret with...

....well, you'll see....;-)

53 posted on 12/30/2005 2:24:45 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Doc Savage

I was in Girl Scouts....we were so poor that my mom bought my uniform at a GoodWill or hand-me-down shop. The fabric was not the same as the current style at the time (of course, now I realize it was higher quality fabric!)....I was mortified to wear it when the other girls had "new" dresses..... but being a parent helps you see those things in different light. My son was Tiger to Life...Have all his uniform shirts, badges, patches, sash..handbooks He has his dad's handbook from early 60s. Had hoped he would complete Eagle, but then he joined the USMC.. Being a Boy Scout was of huge value to him over the years.


54 posted on 12/30/2005 2:30:53 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Doc Savage

I was in Girl Scouts....we were so poor that my mom bought my uniform at a GoodWill or hand-me-down shop. The fabric was not the same as the current style at the time (of course, now I realize it was higher quality fabric!)....I was mortified to wear it when the other girls had "new" dresses..... but being a parent helps you see those things in different light. My son was Tiger to Life...Have all his uniform shirts, badges, patches, sash..handbooks He has his dad's handbook from early 60s. Had hoped he would complete Eagle, but then he joined the USMC.. Being a Boy Scout was of huge value to him over the years.


55 posted on 12/30/2005 2:30:54 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Joe 6-pack

The neat thing about the rocket car is that it was totally legal provided you didn't activate the rocket; correct weight, length, wheelbase, etc. Our troop had a "Parent" class so the big kids could have fun as well. Sheer dumb luck allowed me to make it all the way to the Finals without using the rocket.

I'd been watching the times and knew I couldn't beat the other guys in the Finals, so I armed the rocket for the last run. The rocket was still burning when it crossed the Finish line, blew through the runout and ran down the hall out of sight. The kids went nuts! They booed when it was announced I was disqualified.

My son thought I was a pretty cool guy that day . . .


56 posted on 12/30/2005 2:48:45 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: Doc Savage

I have discarded many mementos over the years, but I still have my Cub Scout uniform! I remember being very excited about days we had den meetings and I was allowed to wear the uniform to school. Den 6 rules!


57 posted on 12/30/2005 2:53:20 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: vger
I still have a scar on my index finger from trying to cut the balsa wood with a coping saw.... blood flowed and I still lost. To bad they did not have Purple Heart awards for the Pinewood Derby.
58 posted on 12/30/2005 3:03:42 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: BraveMan
Great story...

One of my aunts is a retired USAF nurse...when we were kids back in the 70's, she'd always bring my brother and I model airplane kits when she'd come home on leave. One of these was a relatively large scale model F-16. Well, when we opened the kit, one of the wings had somehow been damaged during packing and we realized it would never work as just an F-16. As fate would have it, the engine nacelle was sized perfectly to house an Estes D-size engine. Before long this became our first rocket car, which had an extremely successful first run, but a somewhat less auspicious first stop. Mind you all of this was conducted outside the sanction of scouts or parents....

59 posted on 12/30/2005 3:04:58 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Doc Savage

Still have my uniform (if I remember correctly, I was part of Troop 259 - Plano, TX... I received my Arrow of Light @ Davis Elementary School circa 1977)


60 posted on 12/30/2005 3:05:14 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Doc Savage

I remember mine. I got it shortly before my first den meeting, where I embarrassingly discovered that none of the kids wear their uniforms to den Meetings . . . . except me, that day. GULP.


61 posted on 12/30/2005 3:08:12 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Airborne1986

Our new track (last year) is 4 lane aluminum with a computer scoring system. We add a camera and LCD projector to show the action and the scoring. We also have a separate camera and projector for a phot finish. Yup, we go all out. Able to borrow most of the cool electronics from work.

Cyclotic.

Former Cub
Den Leader-Tigers
Asst. Den Leader Webelo I
Asst. Cubmaster

And having a blast! Check my tagline


62 posted on 12/30/2005 3:14:30 PM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Doc Savage
I remember mine too. Same as yours. Blue shirt and pants, troop number, yellow handkerchief and the little gold slide with the cub scout head on it. Also had to take the book to every meeting which was held at a church, yes a church, can the ACLU imagine that! I only went through cub scouts, but turned out okay anyway. Dropped out before boy scouts.

Oh well, it was fun anyway....

63 posted on 12/30/2005 4:33:27 PM PST by b4its2late (Liberals are good examples of why some animals eat their young.)
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To: Doc Savage
Boy Scout leader for 14 years, and enjoyed every bit of it.


64 posted on 12/30/2005 4:39:57 PM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: Doc Savage

Did you make We-Blo?


65 posted on 12/30/2005 4:41:39 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: HamiltonJay

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I have this book and badge in my home office bookcase......


66 posted on 12/30/2005 4:54:24 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: Doc Savage

"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.Hi Doc,"

I'm with you 100%...the same fond memories of the Cub Scouts. I'll never forget the gold kerchief slide and the Tenderfoot gold pin. My Mom could only afford the shirt and cap, but since I wore blue jeans all the time I was happy as a clam since they were about the same color blue. We guys of the 50's and 60's were really lucky to have the Cub Scout and regular Scout experience. I just ordered some old Boy's Life magazine off EBay...even at 59 I enjoy reading the articles that were quite sophisticated for young boys during that time.

Thanks for a great post that brought back some fine boyhood memories. The last uniform I wore was that of the U.S. Marine Corps. Thanks again!

Semper Fi, Doc
Ed McClearen
Western North Carolina


67 posted on 12/30/2005 5:10:03 PM PST by ed1340
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To: Doc Savage
Boy Scout in Troop 1, Pomona, CA. It was the oldest tropp west of the Mississippi River...started one year after Scouting started in the USA. What a thrill

Years later, I was a Scoutmaster for an American troop in Germany...what a privilege to be associated with that organization.

68 posted on 12/30/2005 6:28:39 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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To: LiteKeeper
One of my customers told me he was a Scout Master in his son's troop and his take on Scouting has stayed with me for years. He said Scouts were where average kids could excel.
That says it all for me.
69 posted on 12/30/2005 8:07:11 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: cyclotic

Of all the Scouting jobs I've had, none has been as challenging, or as rewarding, as the years I spent as a Webelos Leader.


70 posted on 12/30/2005 9:29:53 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: 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...

My son (Freeper Ultra Sonic 007) has a winner from 10 years ago that you'd love to race.

We didn't start making it until the night before the race, and didn't put any weights in the thing until it was first weighed right before the contest. I thought we should distribute weights along the length of the body, but my son (recently awarded a full-ride scholarship for mathematics) decided on where the weight placements should go (hey -- it was HIS race), so I drilled, he glued and set them. We weighed it again, and it was exactly at the weight limit. A little graphite was added, and the races began.

It was a strange car. A simple delta shape, that started out slow, behind the pack, and then right before it bottoms out at the base of the hill, picked up some incredible momentum that blew the rest away in the last few feet.

He centered the weights around the rear axle. He never lost a race. His is still sitting on his desk also....LOL.

71 posted on 12/30/2005 11:10:13 PM PST by ImaGraftedBranch ("Toleration" has never been affiliated with the virtuous. Think about it.)
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To: ImaGraftedBranch
Thanks to everyone for all the memories. Your memories brought more of mine washing over me like a flood. I remember my little hat and how proud I was to wear my uniform to school on meeting days.

And all the craft projects we did. We took popsicle sticks strung together by ribbon and then glued alphabet soup letters to spell out the Scout Oath!

Had lots of friends in Scouting. I remember the Jamborees and Scout Camp in Wisconsin. Learned how to safely handle a knife and axe.

I remember constantly reading my Manual and dreaming about all the Scout accessories you could get; jacknifes, compass etc.

Thanks for posting. To a person this Thread was a total delight! Doc Savage

72 posted on 12/31/2005 9:24:01 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Guys, I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more COWBELL...Bruce Dickinson)
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