Howard McVeigh, was the best scout
master ever. He was my only scout master, but I do not believe you
could ever had a better one!
We used to meet in a small cabin
up on Mr. McThenia's property. Howard would lead us in playing
Cranes and Crows. Each group would line up and when their
designation was yelled, by Howard, that group would charge as hard
and fast at the other group, who back peddled as fast as they could.
When Howard yelled cranes that group ran hard at the crows and when
crows were called they charged as hard as they could against the
retreating cranes. No one ever collided which demonstrated Howard's
skill in mastering this exercise.
Howard took us on many camping
trips. I remember one time I pitched my tent right below Johnny
Johnson. In the night we had a gully washer and, bless his heart,
Johnny game right down on me!
Another time we went to the
Marlington, at that time we all almost froze, but it was such fun
and the food indescribable!
One time we camped out on
Keeny's Knob, and after a night of sleeping, ate eggs, pancakes,
bacon and toast. Was that good or what? After that I almost fell off
the mountain, and it was a long long way over that cliff!!
Anyway Howard McVeigh was a great scout master, a great youth leader
and a great guy ,and he and Jean were
great people and a huge benefit to many of Alderson's former youth.