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Yawgoog Alumnus – Bill Dwyer

May, 2018

Pitman, NJ

“Early in 1949, I was an Altar Server at St. Ann’s Parish in Cranston, RI. After Mass, the Pastor suggested that I should join the Boy Scout Troop that met in the church hall on Wednesday evenings. My parents thought that it was a good idea, so I did join Troop 33, Cranston. Thus began a lifetime involvement in the BSA.

“After joining, the Scoutmaster gave me a handbook and outlined the items that I would be required to memorize. This included the Scout Oath, Scout Law and Scout Motto. That was a lot to swallow for a twelve-year-old. I studied and had completed it within one week. My parents were elated. Subsequent weeks involved buying a Scout uniform and cap, which I still have today, along with my Life Badge and “AD ALTARE DEI” Catholic badge, which I look at every day of my life bringing back memories that I will never forget as long as I live.

“After a few meetings, the Scoutmaster began to talk about the troop going to Camp Yawgoog for a week during the summer, the cost being $12 for the week including transportation from Providence Union Square to Rockville, RI and return the following week. A few thoughts went through my mind including: Do my parents have $12 to spare, and where was Rockville, R.I.? And, what will I do when I get there?

“It took about an hour and a half to get where we were going, and I saw a gate with a sign that said ~~CAMP YAWGOOG” AND “ADVENTURE LAND FOREVER”. Thus began a lifetime of Yawgoog involvement from Scout, Patrol Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and yes, a Staff member at Yawgoog. Scouting and its goals have been the center of my entire single and married life. My wife of 55 years, who passed away five years ago, supported all my efforts. During my days, weeks and years of Scouting, I began to use the Scout Oath, the Scout Law and Motto every day. When arising in the morning, I began to say these items consistently as a part of my daily life. I am now 80 years old and continue to include these items on a daily basis and they have become a permanent part of my life.

“I have been a witness to situations throughout different times in my life helping someone escape death and offering assistance in times of need. I have received many compliments from many people and my response to them is ‘Once a Scout – always a Scout.’”

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Do a good turn every day.

A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.

One Response to Yawgoog Alumnus – Bill Dwyer

  1. Art Caesar May 21, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi. Bill,

    Good to read your testimony. Remember the old days, 80 years old here too!

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