Scout's Honor by Peter Applebome
A Father's Unlikely Foray into the Woods

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Peter Applebome grew up obsessed by box scores, so when his son, Ben, joined Little League he happily assumed he'd be spending Ben's childhood at the ballfield. But what Ben really liked was hiking and camping--and when he joined the local Scout troop Applebome reluctantly went along for the ride.

As someone who had never made a fire except in a gas grill and tied knots only in his shoelaces, Applebome was an unlikely recruit. Taking us from the low points (sneaking out of camp to watch basketball in a bar) to the unexpected triumphs (winning the Scoutmaster Challenge) and through all the trekorees and derbies in between, Applebome hikes the difficult trail from tenderfoot skeptic to proud Scout dad. Offering affectionate portraits of troop leaders and the motley group of boys in their charge, he also laces his very funny narrative with an informal but fascinating history of Scouting and grapples with the modern-day controversies that will help determine Scouting's future.

About Peter Applebome

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Peter Applebome is a writer and editor for the New York Times, and served as bureau chief in both Houston and Atlanta. He lives in Chappaqua, New York.
Published May 1, 2003 by Harcourt. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Applebome, a “committed indoorsman” who grew up during an era when the Scouts were hopelessly uncool, if not borderline fascists had misgivings, but he loved his kid, and his kid appeared to love Scouting.

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New York Times writer and author Applebome (Dixie Rising) turns from the political to the personal as he recounts his adventures over three years as a Scoutmaster for his son's Boy Scout troop in suburban New York.

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