Carole Schember gave me something to think about when she said "the world would be a better place if everyone read the Boy Scout Handbook." I first met Carole Schember when I was working on a news story about a local scout leader.
We sat in her daughter's living room, and while we talked, she absently paged through a copy of "The Official Boy Scout Handbook." It wasn't a new book, but it had the same lovingly used look I've seen with some Bibles.
And she spoke passionately about how young people need direction, and good role models.
We ended our visit, and as I was about to leave, she handed me her copy of the Boy Scout Handbook and said "I want you to have this."
I hadn't given scouting much thought for 40 years, but I knew it was a gift that was being given with great feeling. I stood at the door and paged through the book, past chapters on topics I've always identified as the backbone of scouting -- pitching tents, tying square knots and hiking. I told Mrs. Schember I have a 6-year-old son, and would be honored to share the book with him.