Recipe for a Boy Scout

Dedicated to John Thatcher

Place one tender, enthusiastic, eleven-year-old boy on low heat, preferably a campfire. Add the following:

24 overnight camps
24 scary campfire stories told at overnight camps
137 knots, well-tied
70 to 100 miles of hiking
3 summer camps
14 swims in ice cold water
563 .22 long rifle rounds
1 very close call with an axe
2 late night trips to the camp infirmary
17 blisters
3 gallons of perspiration
1 dozen very bad smelling socks
1 pilgrimage to the High Uintas
517 reminders from mom
7 rank advancements
3 Scoutmasters
4 assistant Scoutmasters
21 merit badges, minimum
1 uptight dad
1 prayerful mother
A dash of chutzpah
937 small miracles
162 medium-sized miracles
1 great miracle

Mix well. Slow cook for 4 to 7 years. At just the right time, remove one man, well-done.

One thought on “Recipe for a Boy Scout

  1. Heather September 24, 2010 / 9:14 am

    Thanks for writing this. I'm sending it on to my dh, because he's helped produce those men and feels the rewards.


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