|Troi Shade, Matthew Edmundson,|
and Cooper Howard (back to front)
during the hike to High Rock.
I promise to do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.
As a child, that promise really meant something. It fit right in with the Pledge of Allegiance and The Star Spangled Banner. It built character, pride, values and achievement. It was an exciting time.
At least once a week, we would see the Cub Scouts and the Brownies dressed in uniforms at school on the day of our den meetings. We were all proud to be scouts. We followed our promise, always trying to do the right thing. We studied what electives and achievements we could accomplish so we could get new belt loops, badges or beads.
Daddy and son with their Camp Charles
Family Camp badges. (Yes I am happy,
it is just very difficult to press that dang
button on the camera with one hand and
hold the badge with the other!)
Bill Howard writes a weekly outdoors column for the Wilson Times and Yancey County News and the bowhunting blog site GiveEmTheShaft.com. He is a Hunter Education and International Bowhunter Education instructor, lifetime member of the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, Bowhunter Certification Referral Service Chairman, member and official measurer of Pope and Young, and a regular contributor to North Carolina Bowhunter Magazine.