Troop 1, The Lower Farm, The Upper Lake, Dogtown Days, The Foreman, Felony Hill, Urijah, White Deer Black Bear

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Chapter 1

The Second World War ended as did the Korean Conflict and America was getting stronger in the mid fifties. The American people were living in an age of growing technology. The automo­bile industry was booming, housing was growing and the economy was safe.

Many veterans of the foreign wars were looked up to as heroes, and the decorated heroes were idolized. The young people listened to the war stories of their fathers, grandfathers and uncles that were handed down to them and passed onto their friends. Young boys would listen to these stories which would give them inspiration to be a good American and a dedicated citizen and one day, perhaps, they might have to serve their country.

There was never too much conversation about the women of these eras and what their life consisted of while the men were off fight­ing battles to keep the United States free. Life was not easy for them raising kids, taking care of the home front and making a liv­ing. Women who worked for the government building aircraft and ships weren’t given much credit. Women became welders and riv­eters and still remained homemakers.

The young people gave their attention to the soldiers, especially the young boys. The young boys were attracted to the gruesome war stories and couldn’t wait to share the latest one with their young impressionable friends.

The conditioning started at a very young age with regard to organizations that offered mottos and codes for young folks to memorize at weekly meetings. They were recognized by the uni­forms that they would wear proudly and be given an opportunity to be decorated with badges of achievement similar to what the sol­diers of the foreign wars had been given to honor them for giving their lives or being injured in combat.

These organizations were known as the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. The girls had their version which was titled the Brownies and The Girl Scouts of America. These fine organiza­tions taught the young males and females loyalty, integrity and self control. There were den leaders and den mothers and each week there would be a meeting designated for the young people to dis­cuss what their objectives were. For some of the kids it was just about the cookies and milk that would be served as snacks.

Some young folks had a strong desire to take their experiences to the next level of what each organization had to offer. Advertise­ments and the word of mouth usually attracted new candidates for memberships into these elite organizations. Young boys and girls would don their uniforms at school anticipating the after-school meetings and scouting activities. These proud members would make an effort to recruit new members to make their troops larger and stronger.

This one very impressionable twelve-year-old who missed out on being a Cub Scout saw his golden opportunity when he was in gym class with the son of the Scoutmaster. His conversation led him to ask how it was possible to become involved and be a Boy Scout. The older boy was very courteous and he explained to the younger boy how important it was to him to be a Boy Scout and how much involvement in the community the troop had. The older boy gave him his address and told him to stop by his house and be introduced to his father, the Scoutmaster.