Every good Boy Scout knows there are ten essential things necessary to survive the wilderness:
1. Pocket knife
2. First-aid kit
3. Extra clothing
5. Rain gear
6. Water bottle
7. Map and compass
9. Sun protection
10. Trail food
Every good Boy Scout’s girlfriend should know there are ten essential things necessary to survive a Boy Scout.
If you don’t have this, turn back now. The beauty of the Boy Scout organization is that it teaches young men to have an absolute appreciation and hunger for learning. There are over 100 skills a Boy Scout can potentially earn a badge for. The inherent downfall-a mixture of mass accumulation of random knowledge and the desire to pass down these treasure troves of information. Learning to “whip rope” was never something I aimed to cross off my bucket list, I guess I can now.
Learning to say “what the fuck are you doing with PVC pipe, baking soda, and super glue", with love, is a delicate skill to possess. Teaching a child that anything is possible seems so inspiring, until that child is twenty-seven and prepping for a real rocket launch just outside your house.
3. A “Moms Love Me” T-shirt
The Boy Scout’s mother will require a dedicated chapter. However, it can be said that dating an Eagle Scout magnifies the intensity of this relationship ten-fold. She has poured her very being into making him everything he is today. The sooner you realize you are only there to rip the light from her life, the sooner you will understand how to manage this relationship. The Boy Scout does no wrong and she has raised him well. That is all you need to know to survive.
4. God-like organizational abilities
Have you ever heard the saying “like herding cats”? Get familiar with it.
The only plan there is, is that there is no plan. The Boy Scout is a free spirit and goes where the wind takes him. The ability to keep track of time has been severely compromised, we think, by the Scouting program. We’re still trying to pin point where they’re going wrong with these kids.
6. The sense of humor of a 12 year-old boy
There is much to be learned from the Boy Scout organization. Profanity and immature jokes are high on the list. Put fifteen boys in a campsite together and you’ll probably hear things more vulgar than if you were sitting at a poker table, drinking beer, and smoking cigars with grown men. Maybe as they get older they get better at sheltering our delicate lady ears from this type of conversation. In any case, if there were a badge for learning to “flip the bird” every Boy Scout would be wearing it proudly by age seven.
7. Trash bags and soap
A Scout is Clean? Maybe this isn't a trait inherent of the male population in general and without us they would live happily in their own filth. However, Boy Scouts are supposed to live by a set of laws intended to make them better people. Proposed rules to add to the Scout Law: A Scout keeps, at minimum, a fire exit strategy through the junk accumulation in the house or a Scout cleans his bed sheets more frequently than every six months. After all, cleanliness is next to Godliness and Godliness is also a Boy Scout Law.
8. An extra set of wine glasses
Maybe it’s the years of being forced into various social situations, or all the random knowledge they obtain, that gives them the ability to talk to anyone about anything, but Boy Scouts have an impressive knack for befriending total strangers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just be ready to have extra people to dinner occasionally.
9. GPS Phone Tracking
On your Boy Scout’s phone of course, not yours. Because at some point he will go missing and his mother will call you relentlessly-remember you are the murderer of happiness in her world, it must be your fault.
10. The Boy Scout 10 Essentials
Because your Boy Scout will forget them. That is all.