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Backpacker Magazine – September 2009
Scoutmasters wrote the book on camping, and built an army of pack-toting teens. But do the troops truly rule when it comes to outdoor skills? We pitted three Scouts against three average readers to find out.
10. Flag Folding
Okay, it's hard to argue that flag folding is an essential outdoor skill. But with the adults leading by one–arguably because they had an advantage from using a wider range of more modern gear–it seems only fair to throw the Scouts a gimme.
The teens obviously know their way around a flag, but Team BACKPACKER smells victory and goes all out. The old guys' folded Old Glory is a thing of beauty: a small, tight wedge of cloth that's half the size of Troop 43's flag and finished 20 seconds faster. "I had to fold the flag after weekly Scout meetings. I just never forgot how to do it," explains David, the engineer. His admission throws the final score into doubt. Once a Scout, always a Scout?
In 1975, Jim Gorman earned Eagle Scout ranking with the very same Troop 43.