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.