I was a male girl scout before it was cool, well kinda.
Full Circle Ft Sumter (by Schellty Keefer) Girl Scouts folding the flag at revielle.
I was drafted to chaperone a girl scout troop to Patiots Point in Charleston SC http://www.patriotspoint.org for an overnight stay on USS Yorktown (CV-10) the second US carrier to bear that name. The girls were after their history merit badge and a friend of Schelly’s had asked for help with the troop. The chance to see Yorktown, Ft Sumter and the other vessels at the Point outweighed the perils of escorting a flock of pre-teenage girls.
After a day of touring and lectures, it was time to crash for the night. The girl scouts and the ladies were sent to the relatively luxurious petty officers quarters. I on the other hand was exiled to the ordinary seamen’s quarters with the Boy Scouts. I glumly surveyed my rack, narrow, lumpy and stacked five high and settled for the bottom bunk which gave me a spot between the bulkhead and my rack to store my gear.
It took quite a while for a pack of boys to drop off for the night being away from home and more interested in making loud farting noises and giggling madly then sleep. Eventually they settled down and I drifted off to sleep in the early morning hours… only to be woken in the early morning hours. Many of the Dad’s were apparently navy vets and determined to relive their navy days and inflict them on the next generation of young swabbies. As the dads rousted comatose and
resentful offspring out of their racks, I stared at my watch in disbelief. It was 4:30 AM or as the dads were loudly announcing to all and sundry 0430 which did not make me feel better about
One Dad walked by me peered down and said in the unwelcome cheerful voice of a morning person, “Rise and Shine, Mac.”
I cast a bleary eye at him and said. “Wrong outfit, Buddy, I’m with the girl scouts.
Call me in three hours.”
Dad was totally nonplussed with this announcement. “Sure Pal. Nothing wrong with that.
Whatever.” and beat a faster retreat then Admiral Nagumo in the Battle of the Phillipine Sea.
So I was a male Girl Scout before it was cool. :-)
Author Edward McKeown is a writer and editor