Striking Out On Your Own

Boy Scout leaders always talk about guiding boys to become men, but we don’t always get to see it happen. Late this summer, I watched it happen for my son.

Michael has been eager to go out backpacking with his friends and without older folks. He’s just turned 18, so I can’t quite say “without adults.” I was prepared to go over every aspect of the plans with a critical eye, reserving the option to cancel the whole thing.

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