When you think about it, a dog is a pretty good scout. If treated right, it is trustworthy, loyal, and friendly. If trained right, it can be helpful and maybe even courteous and kind. A dog is rarely wasteful, so thrifty is definitely there. Many rescue dogs have risked or even lost their lives to save another, so I guess bravery is in their makeup. The one thing a dog - or any animal for that matter - can't be is reverent. I see many scouts wince when asked about adding Scouts Own to the camping schedule. Many Scoutmasters - I am sad to say - do not pursue this point of the Scout Law as adamantly as they do the rest. Fewer and fewer scouts earn their religious medallions these days. Remember, a dog can get 11 out of 12.
Contributor Maynard Ferguson
Date Entered 05-Mar-2001
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