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A Generation of Scouts
Boy Scouts It happens every year.
A scout reaches his 18th birthday and is no longer a Boy Scout. The younger scouts keep the troop functioning and he moves on to other things.
But when that last scout of a bunch of guys that started together as Tiger Cubs finally ages out, the legacy of that den and patrol ends. A page of scouting history is complete and the ink can dry.

I had the pleasure of being involved in the history of such a patrol from 2000 to 2012. Five eager first grade boys made a Tiger den and, over the next twelve years, added scouts, lost scouts, and advanced through the ranks and skills. This year, the last one aged out and the page is written.

You can check out our history and see how things turned out and figure out what that picture really is.

This month across the country thousands of new Tiger Cub dens are getting to know each other and jotting down the first scribbles of ink on their page of scouting history. If you are a den leader for one of these gangs of scouts - Thank you! And, please be sure to have someone around taking pictures and saving the memories - in 12 years, it will be a real kick to look back at all their adventures.

Scout On
Posted: 6:55 10-17-2012 921
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 Oct 19, 2012 - Howie
Impressive... My tigers are in 2 different troops, but I home I have as many eagles as you
Oct 24, 2012 - Shane
I got chills reading that first paragraph. All at once it is a sad moment, a proud moment, and a profound moment. I sometimes think about what it might be like to see my Bear Cub make it all the way to that milestone along with his 3 buddies that started out as Tigers. Thank you for the huge contribution you've made to these boys' lives and for sharing this story! After reading this, I went to double-check that I had fresh batteries in the camera. Back to preparing for tomorrow night's den meeting!

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