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1910--Legacy Troops--2010
Baden Powell

"A Man of Destiny"

Accordingly,
"Put A Youngster Behind The Wheel"
and
"He Might Not Know What To Do"
and
"Even If He Did"
probably
"Couldn't Afford It Anyway!!"
 
So...
 
Like I said,
"Adult Troops"
"Open The Door"
to
"A Whole Host Of Opportunities"
"Boys"
"Can Only Dream About!!"
 
And speaking of which,
"What I Started To Talk About"
before
"Getting Off"
on
"The Opportunity For Giving"
was
"The Tremendous"
"Vocational"
"Opportunities"
afforded by
"The Merit Badge System!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Think It Is Unique"
in
"All The World"
in
"Providing"
"Opportunity"
for
"Youngsters"
"To Explore"
"A Host Of Fields"
and
"Skill Sets"
using
"Skilled Adults"
as
"Mentors!!"
 
"Which Is Terrific"
because
"It's Easy To Tell You"
how
"Obtaining"
 
 
"Certain Merit Badges"
 
 
 
"Changed My Life!!"
 
And while..
 
"We All Know About"
"Coin Collecting"
"There Were A Host Of Others"
i.e.
Home Repair
Water Skiing
Motor Boating
Leatherwork
Indian Lore
etc, etc, etc
 
However,
"Even Though"
"This Was A Great Resource"
it took
"Almost 10 Years To Manifest"
which
"Once Again"
brings us back to
"The Adult World"
and
"The Ability"
to
"Immediately"
"Make Things Happen!!"
 
Case in point..
 
"During the Course Of My Work"
run across
"Lots Of Old Books"
"In Need"
of
"Bookbinding Skills!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Several Years Ago"
ran across
"An Old Time Bookbinder"
and
"Was Fascinated"
by
"The Tools Of The Trade"
and
"Immediately"
saw
"The Application!!"
 
Accordingly,
"Popped The $64,000 Question"
and said,
"Would You Teach Me The Trade!!"
 
I'd be willing
"To Help Out"
(No Charge)
in 
"Any Way I Can"
"Just For The Opportunity" 
to
"Hang Out"
and
"Learn The Trade!!"
 
Unfortunately,
"He Said No"
citing
"A Previous Helper"
who
"Sued Over Some Trivial Matter!!"
 
:(:(
 
So..
 
"Needless To Say"
it was
"A Missed Opportunity"
for
"Both Of Us!!"
 
But...
 
That being said,
"I'll Bet You"
 
 
"A Dollar  To A Doughnut"
had I said,
"Would You Help Me"
with
"My Bookbinding Merit Badge"
he would have...
 
 
"Played"
"A Much Different Tune!!"
 
And..
 
We could have,
"Made"
"Beautiful Music Together!!"
 
Point being..
 
"The One"
was
"Threatening"
and
"An Unknown Quantity"
but
"The Second"
was
"Safe!!"
 
"Oh Yea"
I know
"The Boy Scouts"
"Come Right On In!!"
 
Point being..
 
The Boy Scouts
"Open Doors!!"
 
And speaking of which,
"An Adult Merit Badge Program"
would
"Open So Many Doors"
it
"Would Be Scary!!"
 
Accordingly,
think it would
"Go A Long Way"
toward
"Improving Life On The Planet"
because
"In Today's World"
that is
"Without"
"An Effective Apprentice Program"
"The Only Real Way"
for
"Youngsters"
to
"Expand Their Horizons"
and
"Perhaps"
 "Learn A Trade"
is
"Via"
"The Merit Badge Program!!"
 
Accordingly
"An Adult Program"
would
"Open The Door"
to
"A Whole New World"
for
"Responsible Adults"
to
"Explore New Fields Of Endeavor"
and
"Make Contact"
with
"Leaders In The Field"
in
"A Way"
"Not Possible"
in
"The Real World!!"
 
I mean..
"If I Called Up"
"The President Of Boeing"
and
"Said"
"Lets Talk About Airplanes"
"No Doubt"
"He Would Laugh In My Face!!"
 
But..
 
"If I Called Up"
and
"Said"
"I'm Working"
on
"My Aviation Merit Badge"
would you be
"My counselor!!"
 
"I'll Bet"
he'd say
"Sure..Come On Over"
and
"Who Knows"
what
"Might Become Of It"
since
"An Adult"
"Has The Ability To Act"
on
"Relationships"
and
"Lessons Learned"
in a way
"Youngsters Can Only Dream About!!"
 
Point being..
 
"An Adult Scout Program"
would
"Create The Opportunity"
to
"Unleash"
"A Pent Up"
"Creative Force"
of
"Unbelievable Proportion"
"In A Way"
that
"Could"
"Change The World!!"
 
And speaking of which..
 
"Adult Scouting"
"Opens The Door"
to
"A Whole Host Of Opportunities"
on
"The World Stage"
as
"Suddenly"
"Adults Around The World"
have
"Something In Common"
and
"A Vehicle To Interact"
"As Adults"
"Not Possible Before!!"
 
Case in Point..
 
At..
 
 
"The 1971 World Jamboree"
had the opportunity to
"Meet With Scouts"
from
"All Over The World"
but
"Today"
"Couldn't Name A One!!"
 
Point being..
 
"We Were Just Kids"
and
"Aside From"
being
"Pen Pals"
there was
"No Where To Go!!"
 
But..
 
"As Adults"
at
"The Same Jamboree" 
"Scouting Would Open The Door"
that would
"No Doubt Lead To"
"A Whole Different Scenario"
based on
"Scout Principals!!"
 
Accordingly,
"The Conversation"
might go
"Something Like This.."
 
So..
 
You're An Adult Scout..
 
Yes..
 
What do you do??
 
"I Work For The State Department"
 
Really..
 
Well..
 
Isn't That Interesting..
 
"I Work for The Foreign Office!!"
 
"Maybe we could get together sometime"
and
"Talk Shop"
thus
"Opening A Door"
to
"International Relations"
based on
"Trust"
and...
 
 
"The Common Bond Of Scouting"
which is of course...
 
 
"What Baden Powell Intended!!"
 
Or..
 
It might go,
"Something Like This..
 
"I'm in latex.."
 
Really..
 
"I Own A Latex Factory In The Philippines.."
 
"Why Don't You Stop By Sometime"
and
"I'll Give You The Cooks Tour!!"
 
6 month later..
 
They've established
"A Import-Export Arrangement"
and
"Everybody's Happy"
because
"The Foundation"
is
"Scouting!!"
 
Point being...
 
Once again
"Adult Scouts"
are in a position
"To Act"
and
"Put The Principals To Work"'
which
"Ultimately"
"Creates"
a more
"Homogeneous Environment!!"
 
Point being..
 
There is
"A Disconnect"
between
"The Boy Years"
and
"The Adult Years"
which
"Represents"
"A Huge"
"Untapped Resource"
and
"It's Time"
to
"Take It"
to
"The Next Level!!"
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
PS..
 
"The Age Group"
for
"The Adult Troop"
would be
"35 to Infinity"
giving
"The Adult"
"Time to Mature"
before
"Getting Back Into The Program!!
 
And speaking of
"Mature"
"How Many Old Scouters Out There"
with
"No Place to Go"
would
"Love to Hang Out"
on
"Troop Night"
and
"Be One Of The Boys"
without
"The Responsibility"
and/or
"Fear"
of
"Taking Something Away"
from
"The Boys!!"
 
 
 


 




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