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In the time of the old scout councils, there was a contest, this was to determine which scout had best exemplified the scout oath, law, motto, etc. Prize was that scout got to go on a weekend campout with Dan Beard! Well there was a winner, hands down! Dan Beard was called, and he met with the scout, and asked him one question “why do you think you earned this award?” scout answered, after some thought, “well I guess it’s because I can sleep at night.”

Beard didn’t know what to think, so he took off, and met that boy on the following weekend, and they went off to the campsite. After setting up camp, dinner, long chats, etc. Beard decided to go to bed, and some time later so did the scout. Around midnight, BOOM it hit, a big thunderstorm! Dan got out of bed, and went to bank the fire, it had already been banked, he then went to secure the firewood, that had already been put under a tarp, he the proceeded to put up the cooking supplies, and food, that, too had already been taken care of, and as it started to rain, he looked in on that scout, yes fast asleep! He retired to his tent, and thought about what that young scout had told him “I can sleep at night”

This story was related to me some 30 years ago, at a council camporee, last Frontier Council.

Mike Harmer

I created this website back in 1996, and have slowly added content to it over the years. Some resources have been contributed by viewers and other people who love the outdoors.

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