Friday 16 November 2018

Scout leaders are the unsung heroes of their communities

Kevin Myers

Men and women who give their free time to encourage teenagers to live healthy outdoor lives are so easily the object of ridicule

Punchestown 2008, and God in all his goodness had reserved the foulest monsoon of the decade for the great international scouting jamboree there last weekend. A dam burst in the clouds, and water erupted in a liquid avalanche. Ypres, weep: Passchentowne.

By Saturday evening, the camp-site was an uninhabitable swamp, infested with teenage-tadpoles. So the tented village was abandoned, as scout leaders had to improvise accommodation for the thousands of sodden teenagers.

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