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[at-l] Scouting and Growing Spirit in a Young Boy--Need a White Blaze



This is a day of great confusion for me.  I do not know which path to choose, 
and I feel that I need to direct my energy (still having some left) where it 
can serve best.  

My grandson is 9 years old and will be in the 4th grade.

He has never been allowed to participate in clubs, sports, church, or any 
other activities except when he has visited me at my home 2 summers.

The reason for this is that his parents have never given any sort of priority 
to such, especially since they both have held jobs most of his life and they 
are both "too tired" when they get home. 

The question I ask primarily has to do with the effect of scouting in the 
growth of so many of you who have been or wannabe AT thru-hikers or section 
hikers.  It seems to me that I have read repeated accounts of how hikers got 
"the vision" during their hikes as Scouts.  I have also observed on the trail 
that some have better woods know-how and that often, inquiry brings a 
response that includes their experiences as Scouts in their youth.

I am considering closing down my home, where I thought I'd get to be until my 
departure date this January, and moving to Virginia to be his "support 
person" for this school year, hoping that it will help him and hoping that 
his parents will enjoy seeing his progress enough to be able to recognize the 
second-hand pleasure seeing one's offspring be happy can give.

I've already cleared the "interfering " thing with the parents.  It's not 
that.  I just wonder if those of you who have had Scouting experiences find 
them of that great value in your life today.

Testimonials, please.

Kinnickinic
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