American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of a worldwide organization of young men and boys, founded in England in 1908, for character development and citizenship training.
- n. Slang A man whose attitudes and behavior are felt to be naive.
“As luck had it, Neil was on the road back from the Shawnee Council Boy Scout camp near Defiance, Ohio.”
“As a result, his initial Boy Scout meeting or his first religious education class may be a source of great anxiety for him and can be a disastrous, ego-deflating failure.”
“The boy is dressed far too warmly for such a hot summer day — his small form is almost lost under the heavy, woolen Boy Scout tunic, broad-brimmed campaign hat, baggy wool trousers, and awkward puttees laced almost to the knees.”
“At the Army-Navy store, they picked up a Boy Scout camp cooking kit and a Sterno stove; they made up a "chuck wagon" box with cans of beans and stuff and a couple of plates and cups long ago liberated from the university.”
“When the armistice was signed in November, 1918, the Association immediately canvassed the neighborhood to erect a suitable Tribute House, as a memorial to the eighty-three Merion boys who had gone into the Great War: a public building which would comprise a community centre, with an American Legion Post room, a Boy Scout house, an auditorium, and a meeting-place for the civic activities of Merion.”
““We need the stones,” Cybil began, “and the ritual Boy Scout knife,” she added with a faint smile.”
“Our Boy Scout Station was at the west end of East Avenue, a hundred yards past a row of portable kitchens set in the middle of the Pennsylvania veterans 'tent area.”
“I wanted to he given a glowing performance appraisal indicating my exemplary record of handing in Boy Scout candy proceeds and field-trip permission slips on time—usually early.”
“Boy Scout stealthcraft told me to go around the back of the house first: down the driveway and into a backyard of immaculate flower beds bordering a small patch of grass, as smooth as AstroTurf and with a pond at its center, fed by a concrete toddler endlessly pouring water from a small barrel.”
“Right now I thought I would run all the way back to the Boy Scout Station, find Billy and Reverend Hodges, and see if anyone had any cookies in their duffel bags.”
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