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The Value of Scouting
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this story about a Boy Scout trip that turned into helping a man to safety from his wrecked car.
A Tribute to Scouting
The week of Cub Scout Day Camp 2006, I had the pleasure each day of transporting 4 Boy Scouts who had volunteered to help out at the camp for younger boys. One day we were running a few minutes late, and it turned out to be an amazing morning.
After picking up the last boy, we retraced our route toward the highway. I saw a splintered power pole that was not broken when we passed by 5 minutes earlier. I drove around the fallen power line, noticing a man beside the road who was talking on a cell phone. I assumed he was calling in the fallen line. Suddenly I heard someone in the back seat say “There’s a truck in the ditch back there. Turn around!” I didn’t see the truck so I asked “Do you want me to turn around?” and I got a resounding “YES” from all 4 boys. I turned the vehicle around and parked off of the road, and the boys all jumped out. That’s when I noticed the truck. It was in a ravine with its nose up against another power pole, which was snapped off at the top and dangling over the truck looking like it may fall at any minute. Before I knew what they were doing the 2 oldest Scouts were heading down the hill to the truck. I noticed a couple of cars driving dangerously close to the power line, so I directed the 2 remaining scouts to go to either end of the road and turn traffic around until help arrived.
When the older Scouts got to the truck, they found the driver pinned inside. The oldest Scout told me there was a floor jack lodged in the back window pinning the bench seat forward, and the man’s head between the seat and the dashboard, so he pulled the jack out of the window to free the man in the cab. He had glass wedged in his head and face causing the blood to run down in his eyes, but he was conscious, talking, and didn’t think he had serious injuries. Since the broken power pole was dangling above the truck, the Scouts convinced the man to get out of the truck. They were able to free him and help him to safety. Together the 2 older Scouts helped the man up the hill, across the street, away from the downed power line. A few minutes later emergency vehicles began to arrive.
Once the boys gave a statement to the police and cleaned themselves up, we headed on to the Day Camp. Since the boys were responsible for getting a lot of the necessary work done before the Cub Scouts arrive, I called the camp to let them know we would be late, and to start without us.
When we got to camp, I noticed that the camp had not started without us, even though we were an hour late. These Boy Scouts were more valuable than I realized! Once the Camp Director explained the delay, the young Cub Scouts gave the Boy Scouts a huge round of applause.
These 4 young men did a good thing that day. They didn’t do it for fame or recognition. I don’t even think they realized their Scout training helped them keep calm through the whole event, but what I do know is these 4 Boy Scouts are heroes in my book, because they worked as a team and helped this man to safety.
For those of you who have boys and don’t know much about the Scouting program, it’s not just about learning to tie knots and going camping. The boys learn a lot about humility, respecting property, community and each other.
The following are just some of the things these Scouts have learned and continue carry with them.
As Cub Scouts (ages 5-11) they start with the Cub Scout Promise.
Cub Scout Promise
I ______ promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country to help other people and to obey the law of the pack.
As Boy Scouts (ages 11-18) they learn the Boy Scout Promise.
Boy Scout Promise
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
As coed Venturers (ages 14-21) they learn the Venturing Oath and Code.
The Venturing Oath
As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.
The Venturing Code
As a Venturer, I believe that America's strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people.
I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.
I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.
I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.
I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.
The Scouting program has gone a long way in helping young men on their life long journey, teaching them honor, respect, humility and kindness, The Boy Scouts of America is a great program and I am honored to help support it.
Special thanks to Cub Scout Pack 272 First United Methodist Church, Boy Scout Troop 274, Venture Crew 284 Taylorsville Presbyterian Church and the United Way. Without them our boys would not have so many good things to do with their time.
Cub Scout Pack 272