If you were a Scout in the 1980’s, then I’m sure you remember these. Yes, I was a Scout for a while too, and I fully realize that will amuse a lot of people who know me.
I’m pretty sure I aced that whole Cub Scout gig, as its only real requirement was being polite to adults, along with maybe doing good deeds every now and then. I did just fine at the “Webelos” stage too. Being a Boy Scout, however, had many more requirements — they included, among other things, not dying of exposure. And here was where the expectations of scouting at last exceeded my natural aptitudes.
So I wasn’t exactly John Rambo out there. If the Boy Scouts had voted on superlative awards, then I’m pretty sure I would have won “Most Likely to Die in the Wilderness,” or maybe “Most Likely to Perish in a Fire He Inadvertently Started,” or maybe even “Most Likely to Arrive at a Girl Scout Meeting by Mistake.”
Oh, well. I had fun with it.
The painting on the Bot Scout Handbook below, by the way, is “Come and Get It” by Norman Rockwell. Here’s some trivia for you — if you’re ever surprised by the sheer volume of the man’s paintings, that’s because he completed more than 4,000 in his lifetime.
[Update: I see that I misspelled “Boy Scout” as “Bot Scout” above, but I’m leaving it there because it’s funny.]