Monday, January 14, 2013

Modern "Good Turns"

This Scout Handbook from 1939 (and some jack knives).  

Are you looking to do some more good turns?  Are you striving to be more helpful?

Here are some suggestions. Perhaps you could:
  • Protect a little girl from some ill bred bully.
  • Climb a tree at night to get a chicken for a lady.
  • Let a dog out of a trap.
  • Put out fire in a lady's house.

Want more?  Draw inspiration from these pages of this 1939 Boy Scout Handbook.







32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Carried a pocket knife ever since I was young and in the Scouts. Unfortunately it is problematic today with the TSA and metal detectors in about every building you want to go into.

Robert

Anonymous said...

Oh Muffy, these are so very funny. The world has really changed.

Chris from New Hampshire said...

LOL! I hope putting out a forest fire counts as two good turns!

Marie said...

Is it only a good deed when you deliver circulars for the Methodists? What about some nice Presbyterians?
These ideas speak of a time when we really did seem to care about our neighbors.

Neil said...

This Eagle Scout can't walk past litter w/o pocketing it. I do it w/o boasting, but still hope some of my junior Marines are watching. However, I'm conflicted on sending back my Eagle Scout pin for the Scouts refusal to admit gays.. What's the preppy USMC Officer / Eagle Scout to do?

Wasp Decor said...

My favorite: "Caught a cow and drove it home for a lady". Oh, the images that came to me...
Hilarious. All I could think of was Hyacinth Bucket: "Now Richard, *do* be careful with that cow and mind the traffic".

William said...

I feel for Neil. It's sad when an organization that teaches young men to protect others from bullies becomes something of a bully itself. I'm confused as to why they needed an official policy regarding the sexual orientation of children. Would be nice if they went back to the basics of wholesome positive values described in your post, Muffy.

Kathy said...

Fun reading the "modern good turns"
So many of your posts tell me how much you loved your father and miss him. This is one of those posts.
I lost my mother 4 years ago, I never have a day that I don't miss her.

Flo said...

@WD--I could hear Hyacinth's voice as I read your post! LOL

Those are great Muffy, what a blast from the past. In this area scouting (both boys and girls) has really gone by the wayside, and I think that is such a shame. The biggest problem is finding leaders, too many adults these days just don't want to be bothered and those that do have missed the point of scouting completely. To them it is just one big cookie/popcorn sale. :(

Greenfield said...

Those "good turns" are wonderful, and your Dad's jacknife collection's the equal of the one my grandfather had! He gave me my very first knife when I was only six, and taught me how to whittle. The bane of my kid-years was occasionally losing a knife, which made me feel terrible, but Gramps always found me another one! To this day there is always a knife in my barn coat and pocketbook, and I now have a substantial collection of them myself. Thanks for the memories . . . !

Greenfield said...

Neil: I actually resigned from the DAR in the early 90's--and my letter made it clear to them the reason was that Phyllis Schafly and other far right-wingers who were their darlings did NOT speak for ME--let alone for my ancestors!

Hold on to the Eagle Scout pin, you earned it, but those times when the opportunity arises to speak up for justice, follow your conscience! I salute you, sir!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Respect to Womanhood! Frankly that doesn't sound so bad!

Rachel said...

Greenfield...I never did join DAR for the same reason. I don't want anyone speaking for me. But I have to admit if young girls today would act like ladies our young men would act like gentlemen. Between Snookie and Honey Boo Boo our young women are mislead and our young men are just confused.

Brad Cole said...

Wow, very old school – the campaign hats are certainly a throwback too. Thanks for sharing.

Must say, in a friendly, courteous, kind and cheerful way, it’s somewhat regrettable to me that Muffy’s blog posts can’t be enjoyed just for simple pleasure. Some visitors here seem to feel the need to include their political quips from time to time. Examples above are commenter’s “Greenfield,” “Rachel” and “Neil.” To them I request, please give some consideration to using one of the gazillions of other news sites/blogs out there in cyber-land to emote over political injustices/issues. Think about leaving Muffy’s congenial blog community to those who might seek a break from that stuff. Wishful thinking on my part I suppose, but…

By the way, wonder if Ole Ferd would give his approval to Scouting as a Prep activity. Ferd, you out there?

Anonymous said...

Weren't the lessons from our parents wonderful... My mothers Girl Scout handbook is on my shelf.

Katahdin said...

I placed my Boy Scout Handbook, circa 1962, on my son's night stand when he was ten. That was eight years ago and I am very pleased to be able to say today that he "got it"!

Anonymous said...

Simpler times, higher standards, impeccable values. These groups are so important for young people, great role models and character building. As one poster mentioned, look who we've got for the young people today: Honey boo boo and Snookie. God help us. --Holly in PA

Anonymous said...

I agree with the previous Anonymous writer about simpler times, standards and values. They were what I grew up with. Yes, there were major societal shortcomings but in time, they were largely overcome, one by one, which is what a strong and free society can do. It just doesn't happen overnight like it seems some folks want. By the way, I believe I still have my 1950s Boy Scout handbook and must again read it to see whether it changed much from 1939. Thanks for sharing the memories with us, Muffy.

Greenfield said...

Those who cite the unfortunate influence of some sort of creatures named Snookie and Honey Boo boo--this is what people get who let the TV set, the joystick, the Ipod raise their kids. "Popular" culture may be aimed to appeal to the lowest common denominator; WE have to choose not to imbibe the product!

Anonymous said...

I've wondered where and how "preppy values" infected me. . . and I think the Boy Scouts had something to do with it (old Eagle Scout here), along with playing a lot of tennis, and being pretty active out of doors, and being interested in the liberal arts. But the BSA counts for a good bit of it! Great organization; very strong in 2013 in terms of its program: I've run into some pretty impressive high schoolers who are scouts.

Greenfield said...

My nephew's been in Scouts since Cubs and is about to make his Eagle. Better still, he's now a Sea Scout and what a WONDERFUL organization that is! The kids get to learn to sail The Big Boats in an ROTC-like atmosphere under the tutelage of volunteer old hands. Astoundingly, my nephew's Ship is undersubscribed--they're always looking for new members!

Susan R said...

My son's are very much into scouting and absolutely would love to carry a pocket knife, but doing so will probably find a boy in a heap of trouble now days. Times have definitely changed.

rowdy said...

I am so happy to see your photos. Great work.

Anonymous said...

@Neil
Thank you for your service and for sharing your opinion.

binker said...

@Brad Cole :)

WrySmile said...

Susan R - You are so right about the heap of trouble. A pocket knife got a student expelled from the Florida high school where I teach. Said student never displayed it, used it or threatened anyone with it. It was just there in his pocket. It had belonged to his grandfather who had died the year before. The student, a nice kid, had to spend a year at the alternative high school before being allowed back. One of the other students told administration he had the pocket knife. Some where along the line here something has gone terribly wrong with our society....

Greenfield said...

WrySmile: What's gone wrong with our society is the media noise-machine fanning irrational fears in an atmosphere notably devoid of common sense. Enter politicians looking to score points with the same media, and you get rigid "zero tolerance" laws and the like. My nephew and I have talked about this; Scouts are supposed to always carry their knives, but he's found his in his pocket more than once at school and been nervous as a cat for the rest of the day!

Mine wound up inside the local courthouse accidentally once, when I had jury duty and the security officer had me walk through the metal detector, then passed me my pocketbook over the top! Yep--there was my Swiss Army knife, right there in the jury box with me! You're right, it's just all getting waaaay too complicated . . .

Marie said...

Love the Home for the Friendless listing!

Laurie Ann said...

Proud mother of an Eagle Scout and more importantly, a gentleman.

Anonymous said...

Love the highlight. I've been going through my father's and my scouting awards, gear, uniforms, etc... trying to decide what to do with it all. We learned lots of important life lessons and value the foundation Scouting gave us. However, it is because of that foundation that their abhorrent membership policies regarding sexual orientation do not allow us to support the Boy Scouts of America any longer. The relics of our past bring up both fond memories and hard feelings. The big question is do we hold tight until their policies change and we can be proud of the BSA again, or do we throw in the towel and through away the symbols of an organization that is extremely discriminatory.

Anonymous said...

While I do not agree that some of the opinions stated about the BSA are correct or even well informed, I believe this blog is not the place for me to refute them. I encourage anyone interested in the BSA to understand the issue for themselves.

Marc said...

Common decency isn't as common as it once was...and I'm horrified an innocent person carrying a pocket knife is treated as a criminal these days.

I have a Leatherman tool I carry at work and have been told I could be charged with carrying an offensive weapon because it has two ( count 'em... TWO ! ) knife blade attachments.

If that is the case, will kitchen staff be charged for using razor sharp knives ? Carpenters using chisels and hammers ( My God, you could smash someone's head in ! )

Why are people presumed by law to be guilty of being a potential criminal if they've done nothing or haven't threatened anyone ?