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5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the Scouts, June 13, 2011
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This review is from: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Boy Scouts: The Story of Troop 826 (Kindle Edition)
According to the blog "Scoutmaster," this book may be the only one ever written from many boy scouts' individual points of view rather than an outside observer's.

The book's point of view derives from the method the author used to compile the information needed to write the book. It's as if Richard Bennett, a former scout himself and a subject of the book along with the others in his troop, had an epiphany one day and decided a book needed to be written that would tell and show what scouting meant to specific scouts, and in their own words. That's why interviews with his former troop members form the basis of the book's contents. In this way, the author found a new way to... More > approach the task of communicating the importance of scouting in the lives of the boys that become members of troops across the country.

The implied if not stated conclusion seems to be that the Boy Scouts is a significant influence in the lives of those who participate in scouting, and in a positive way. In other words, it's hard to imagine the experience of being a boy scout doing anything but helping a young boy as he grows into manhood. Boy Scouts may not be as popular as they once were, but they should be.

Two thumbs up for the book and the scouts.
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