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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Weekend.....And the Scout Law...

I have some pics and stuff from this past weekend....I was at another camping trip this past weekend...I have 2 week break before I go camping again...I wonder if there are frequent camping points...like some of the hotel and motels that give you bennies for using them a lot.....just wondering.

     My son and one of his friends started messing with the ceremonial gear, I got a pic of them dressed up. 
  They also danced one of the routines for the first time....They did well especially since it was their first time doing it.
     the scouts also got more into hammock camping....apparently this brand is very popular
   Also i was successful in getting a patch that I was looking for....I am not much into patch trading, but some people are big time.
     This is the patch I was looking for and was fixing to cruise Ebay and see if I could get it...but one of my friends managed to get 2 of them and traded my 100 anniversary lodge flap for it.  I had several of them..so we both were happy.
     I have posted this in the past.but I thought it was worthy posting again..Our scoutmaster during our court of honor mentioned John Wayne's speech and he mentioned the scout Law and talked about it.


What the Scout Law Means to Me

John Wayne

    A great American, John Wayne, passed away many years ago. One of his last public appearances was at a dinner. He was riddled with cancer and knew he was close to death. The purpose of the dinner was to benefit a land purchase for a Scout Reservation called John Wayne Outpost Camp.

    At this dinner, Wayne recited the Scout Law. Then he did something unusual. He said the twelve points of the Scout Law are "nice words". "Trouble is" he continued, "we learn them so young we sometimes don't get all the understanding that goes with them. I take care of that in my family. As each boy reaches Scout age, I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down for him, with a few things I have picked up in more than half a century since I learned it."

    Then Wayne proceeded to explain the importance of the Scout Law, breaking it down for the guests at the dinner; much like he would have for his grandson.

The badge of honesty. Having it lets you look at any man in the eye. Lacking it, he won't look back. Keep this one at the top of your list. LOYAL The very word is life itself; for without loyalty we have no love of person or country HELPFUL Part sharing, part caring. By helping each other, we help ourselves; not to mention mankind. Be always full of help -- the dying man's last words. FRIENDLY Brotherhood is part of that word. You can take it in a lot of directions - and do - but make sure and start with brotherhood. COURTEOUS Allow each person his human dignity; which means a lot more than saying, "Yes, ma'am" and "Thank you, sir." It reflects an attitude that later in life you wish you had honored more... earlier in life. Save yourself that problem. Do it now. KIND This one word would stop wars and erase hatreds. But it's like your bicycle, it's just no good unless you get out and use it. OBEDIENT Starts at home. Practice it in your family. Enlarge it in your friends. Share it with humanity. CHEERFUL Anyone can put on a happy face when the going is good. The secret is to wear it as a mask for your problems. It might surprise you how many others do the same thing. THRIFTY Means a lot more than putting pennies away; and it is the opposite of cheap. Common sense covers it just about as well as anything. BRAVE You don't have to fight to be brave. Millions of good, fine, decent folks show more bravery than heavyweight champs just by getting out of bed every morning, going out to do a good day's work, and living the best life they know how against the law of odds. Keep the word handy every day of your life. CLEAN Soap and water helps a lot on the outside. But it is the inside that counts, and don't ever forget it. REVERENT Believe in anything that you want to believe in, but keep God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful experience. Without Him, you are just biding time.

John Wayne then thanked those at the dinner for putting his name on the outpost camp and said, "I would rather see it here than on all the theater marquees the world over."

About the John Wayne Outpost Camp. It is a part of:

Forest Lawn Scout Reservation, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Los Angeles Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
2333 Scout Way
P.O. Box 26910
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-4400 Ext. 257 (Camping)

Forest Lawn Scout Reservation is located in the heart of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, 65 miles east from Los Angeles at an altitude of 5,300 feet.

The 2,000 acres of evergreen cedar and oak forest, quiet streams, developed camping areas, and rugged wilderness provide a perfect environment. There are several camps located on the reservation.

The John Wayne Outpost Camp was established in 1979. The outpost offers mountain man treks. Other camps on the reservation include: Camp Big Horn, opened in 1952, now known as the Circle X Ranch at Big Horn; Camp Cedar, later renamed Camp Pitchess, opened in 1953 (partially burned in a 2003 wildfire) is now Camp Pollock; The old Outpost Camp, converted to Northrop Camp in 1955 (now a staff housing area); and Camp Pepperdine, opened in 1960 will return to use as a Cub Resident Camp in 2007.

There are trails that go all over the reservation that allow many opportunities for hiking skills to be developed. Over the past 50 years most campers have enjoyed trips onto the San Bernardino National Forest land that borders the reservation for a visit to the beautiful area at Deep Creek.

The facilities at Forest Lawn Scout Reservation include: Firebird Lake with canoeing, kayaking, and row boats. Circle X Ranch has a pool with a waterslide. There is as an astronomy observatory, 40 ft. climbing wall, shooting sports (archery, rifle, shotgun, BB-gun for Cubs), and horseback riding. A Trail to First Class (Pathfinder) program is offered. NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training is offered the first week in August.

John Wayne Outpost is a Mountain Man Adventure featuring: backpacking, dutch oven cooking, night hiking, black powder rifle shooting, tomahawk throwing.

A C.O.P.E. course is offered (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) that consists of a low and high ropes course, the low course enhances groupskills and teamwork. The high course is by invitation only and develops individual skills through exciting events among the high trees.

Both John Wayne Outpost Mountain Man and C.O.P.E. are for Boy Scout Campers that are 13 or older.



  1. If you remind me, I think I have another 100 year flap floating around some where.
    I got a box that's full of patches and medals. I should probably put those in a box or something.

  2. Bravo to you and I love the Scout Scoop. Grand Trunk is so fitting. LOL. I need that patch on my butt. John Wayne...you either love him or hate him. I love him. I didn't know him personally, so I think he is swell. Love his movies.

  3. Good for them, and your camping will pay off when they are grown... THAT will be your frequent camping points... Good speech from John Wayne, and all true too!

  4. Good for them, and your camping will pay off when they are grown... THAT will be your frequent camping points... Good speech from John Wayne, and all true too!

  5. Hey Mac,

    Naaa I'm good. I have several 100 anniversary flaps floating around. Appreciate it though.
    Hey Momma Fargo;

    John Wayne was a character, I was 11 when he passed away, and I would have to see your butt to compare it to a grand trunk;)

    Hey Old NFO;

    I will remember that...I do enjoy the camping but I also have stuff around the house that has to bet done and my Ranger has a gas leak. Just finding time to fix that. John Wayne was and still one of my favorite actors, he has character that a lot of the new ones don't have.