My great-grandfather, James E. West, was a man who, despite adversity, dedicated his life to cultivating the Boy Scouts of America. His courage and devotion to this cause helped shape the group into the great organization it is today. Given the pervasive sense of uncertainty and insecurity plaguing the country today, I firmly believe both America and Scouting need this book more than ever. My great-grandfather's indefatigable spirit has served as my model and source of inspiration throughout my life, beginning when my mother read these quips to me as bedtime stories. I hope these short, simple chapters provide you with the same level of faith, motivation and will to ceaselessly strive towards achievement. Most importantly, I hope these short, simple stories provide you with the strength to maintain pure ideals amidst obstacles; for when man strives to improve himself, he strives to improve his country.
Andrew D. West
Great Grandson - James E. West
James E. West was a founding father and the first Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of America, serving from 1911-1943. Upon his retirement from the BSA, West was given the title of Chief Scout. In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt: "James E. West was one of those disinterested and patriotic citizens to whom this country stands under a peculiar debt of gratitude." He devoted his life to the youth of American and BSA despite several physical conditions that left him nearly crippled. Through hard work and a lifetime of devotion, he helped to pioneer the Boy Scouts of America from a group of just a few people to an organization of magnificent proportions. Today he is remembered for the ideals and the vision behind the Boy Scouts of America.
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About the Author
When I find myself needing to center on what it is we are truly all about, I take great guidance from this wonderful book. It describes the essence of the Scouting movement.
I am honored to have been called upon to serve in his footsteps as the 11th Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America as we launch Scouting's second century of service to youth.
-Robert J. Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive