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"175! The greatest troop alive!" This was a cheer that I shouted many times as a Boy Scout in Eugene from 1988-95. Today I'm a Catholic priest. Coincidently, yesterday my father and I were speaking of Troop 175 and the scout master's fidelity to Scout policy about interaction between minors and leaders. Scout Master "Doc" McCready always slept in his own one-man tent and no leader ever slept in the same tent as a youth. One summer during a 3-week trip one of the youth celebrated his 18th birthday. As I understand it, an extra tent had been carried for the first part of the trip unused. On the youth's 18th birthday, despite grumblings, the youth had to move into his own tent because he "was now an adult."
I only caught the tail end of the program but I appreciated Patrick Boyle's commentary, particularly his final comments about the role of parents. More importantly, I am reminded of the fantastic example of due diligence of my Scout Master Dr. Tom McCready. May I be as faithful as he in carrying out my duties.
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