The tragic news last week from the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa saddened us all.
As a mother of three boys preparing for their annual summer stay at the Bartle Scout Reservation, the news hit especially close to home.
I couldn’t help think that if that tornado struck another area where many boys were together — say a baseball or soccer complex, or even another non-scouting camp — the tragedy could have been even worse.
From verbal and written accounts, we hear how these boys worked as a team, following the directions of their adult and Scout leaders, drawing on the skills they had learned over years of scouting and staying true to the principles in the Scout oath and law.
Would another group of boys acted in the same manner? Merit badges and rank advancements earned in Scouting aren’t just decorations on a sash. They represent skills a Scout learns young and carries with him throughout life.
The young men at Little Sioux represented Scouting at its best.
Trailhead District, Heart of America Boy Scout Council