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1910--Legacy Troops--2010
Baden Powell

"A Man of Destiny"

Greetings,
"Scouts"
"Scouters"
and
"Interested Parties!!"

This is the first of
"4 Emails"
on
"Legacy Troops"
sent to..



"The 100th Anniversary Committee"
back in
"February!!"
 
Accordingly,
here are
"My Thoughts"
for
"Two New Programs"
called.
"Legacy Troops"
and
"Adult"
"Legacy Scouting!"
 
Now..
 
"I Know What You're Thinking.."
 
Hmmm...
 
"What's That All About!!"
 
Well..
 
"Years Ago"
in
"1969"
when..

 
 
"Enroute To The Jamboree"
had
"What One Might Call"
"An Epiphany!!"
 
That is to say,
"I Made The Decision"
to
"Become"
"A Professional Scouter!!"
 
Well..
 
At least
"That Was The Plan!!"
 
Unfortunately,
"That Never Happened"
but
"Ever Since"
"Scouting"
has
"Always"
"Occupied"
"A Place In My Mind"
and
"A Special Place"
in
"My Heart"
because..





"Without Scouting"
"I Would Not Be"



"The Man I Am Today!!"
 
Point being..
 
"Scouting"
and
"The 69 Jamboree"
in
"Particular"
is where,
"I Came Of Age"
and
"Started The Journey"
"Building To Serve!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Those Times"
constitute
"Treasured Memories"
which
"Form The Basis"
for
"The Idea"
of
"Legacy Troops"
and
"Adult"
"Legacy Scouting!!"
 
So..
 
With
"That In Mind"
let us
"Begin!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Around The Time"

 
 
"I Got My Eagle"
The Boy Scouts
moved from
New Brunswick
to
The Lone Star State
and
"Came Out
with..

 
 
"A New & Improved Manual"
revised for
"The New Generation!!"
 
Well..
 
As you might imagine,
"That Didn't Sit Well With Me"
and
"Lots Of Other Scouters"
since we were
"Born And Raised"
on..
 
 
"The Old Manual!!"
 
But..
 
"What Are You Going To Do"
"Time Marches On!!"
 
So..
 
"For That Reason"
in addition to
"My Unorthodox Schedule"
never became
"A Scoutmaster"
or
"Got Involved"
with
"A Local Troop!!"
 
However,
"My Love"
for
"The Scouting I Knew"
"Continued to Grow!!"
 
And so..
 
That's why..
"I Jumped At The Chance"
to become..
 

"Ranger Craig"
for
"Nine Years"
at..
 


 
"Camp Crooked Lane!!"
 
Accordingly,
"It Was"
"One Of My"
 

"Community Service Projects"
that
"Opened The Door"
to..
 
 

"Rediscover"
and
"Begin"
to..

 
 
"Re-Sign"
The Lincoln Highway!!
 
That..
 
In addition to,
"A Nudge In The Right Direction"
from
"An Old Friend"
aka



"The Troop Scribe"
from
"The 1969 Jamboree!!"
 
Well..
 
Needless to say,
"One Thing Led To Another"
and
"After We Found"
 
 

Eagle Scout
Bernard Queneau
"The Only Surviving Scout"
from..
 
 

"The 1928 Boy Scout Trip"
who said,
"He Never Got a Patch"
I said to myself..

 
 
"We'll See About That!!"
 
And..
 
"The Rest As They Say"
is
"History!!"
 
In any event,
"During The Course Of My Research"
on
The Lincoln Highway
and
"Related Subjects"
was at
The Library of Congress
and
"Tripped Across"
this article about..
 
 

Baden Powell
Chief Scout Of The World
called..
 
 

"A Man of Destiny"
when
"Boom"
"Just Like That"
"The Idea"
for
"Legacy Troops"
"Popped Into My Mind!!"
 
Well...
 
"I Couldn't Believe It"
because
"It Was"
"The Perfect Solution!!"
 
Not to mention the fact.
"The Two Words"
came
"As If"
from..
 
 
 
"The Chief Himself!!"
 
And...
 
It was such
"A No Brainer!!"
 
Now...
 
"I Know What You're Thinking..."
 
But..
 
"That's What Happened!!"
 
In any event,
"Like I Said"
"For Me"

 
 
"A Product Of The Late 60's"
and
"A Host Of Others"

 
 
"Scouting"

 
 
"Isn't What It Used To Be!!"
 
That being the case,
"The Only Way"
for us
"Old Timers"
to
"Keep The Traditions Alive"
is
"Via"
"A Legacy Troop!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Scouting"
as we
"Know It Today"
"Continues"
"The Path Of Progress"
as if
"Nothing Has Changed!!"
 
But then..
 
"As Part Of"

 
 
"The 100th Anniversary"
BSA
"Rolls Out"
"Legacy Troops"
as way to
"Celebrate The Adventure"
and
"Continue The Journey!!"
 
That being the case,
"These Legacy Troops"
would in turn
"Be Just That!!"
 
"Legacy Troops!!"
 
They would be formed using,
"Whatever Manual You Wanted"

 
 
"1910"

 
 
"1920"

 
 
"1930"

 
 
"1940 & 1950"
 
 
"1960"
and based on that...

 
 
"The Uniforms"
"Patches"
"Ranks"
and
"Merit Badges"
would all be
"To The Period!!"
 
That way...
 
"We Could Keep"
"The Full Tradition Of Scouting"
"Alive"
"Not Just"
"The Modern Version!!"
 
Accordingly,
If you wanted to form a troop,
"Based Entirely On The 1910 Manual"
you could go to the parents and say
"This Is What We Are Doing"
and
"If You Are Not In Agreement"
"Join A Regular Troop!!"
 
But...
 
"We In This Troop"
"Wear The 1910 Uniform"
and
"Follow The Corresponding Curricula & Standards"
and
"Conduct"
"Ourselves Accordingly"
providing
"The Opportunity"
to
"Experience"
"First Hand"
what it was like
"To Be A Scout In 1910!!"
 
Therefore,
"Any Advancement"
would be based on
"1910 Requirements"
and
"Would Be So Designated!"
 
So..
 
If a person became an
"Eagle Scout"
he would be...
 
 

"A 1910 Legacy Eagle!!"
 
The same would be true for
1920, 30, 40 50, or 60
"What Ever You Want!!"
 
This way
"Both Scoutings"
can
"Co-Exist"
and
"You Have"
"The Best Of Both Worlds!!"
 
Those that want
"The Modern Program"
"Can Do That"
but
"Those Who Want"
to
"Follow The Old Ways"
and
"Keep The Tradition Alive"
could do so in
"A Sanctioned"
and
"Protected Environment!!"
 
i.e.
"No Pressure"
"To Join The Main Stream!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Think You Would Be Surprised"
as
"Old Scouters"
from
"Far & Wide"
"Come Out Of The Woodwork"
to be a part of
"What They Know In Their Heart"
from
"Their Youth!!"
 
So..
 
What Do You Think!!
 
"Pretty Cool!!"
 
More shortly..
 
However,
"Until Then!!"
 
Warmest Regards,

 




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