Hello MR Sam and crew,
My dad was one of the first hire employees of an agency created by the National Security Act of 1947, so our family lived in many foreign countries during my first fourteen years on earth including Germany, when I was 9 to 12 years old. At that time, the US Army sponsored Boy Scout troops across Europe for military and government dependents, and when I turned eleven I joined one in 1961. We left Germany in 1963 and ended up in Florida where, after getting settled in school, I joined a local troop in 1964. The differences between the two Boy Scout experiences were significant. In Germany we concentrated on earning as many merit badges as possible, we went on hikes, and we took part in weekend campouts regularly. During the six months I continued scouting in Florida, the only thing we did was practice marching. Meetings were held in a baptist church that usually featured holy-roller speakers claiming the Cubans were coming from 90 miles away, and we had to learn to duck and cover. It took a couple of months to convince my parents I wanted out, so they attended a meeting and the following month I joined an Optimist Club sponsored Conservation Club which was a huge improvement. Along with our monthly meetings, we went on several field trips and held bi-annual statewide week-long campouts. Oh, did I mention the club was about half female? What tRump did speaking at the Boy Scout jamboree was inculcate an extremely psychologically vulnerable group of adolescent males with a monstrous message that might-makes-right and bullies are best. While men’s rights advocates and rape culture degenerates must be proud after hearing tRump’s stump dump, liberals, women, and minorities are forced to live in a constant state of future fear.
Recently discovered some remnants of my past: