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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Zamperini: ‘The first good thing that happened to me was Scouting’

by Bryan on Scouting - Blog
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Yesterday, Gretchen posted a fascinating look at how skills learned in Scouting probably saved Unbroken hero Louis Zamperini's life.

Today comes more proof of the positive impact Scouting had on Zamperini, an Olympian, prisoner-of-war survivor and general inspiration to us all.

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  • Comments (5)
  • Ore-Ida Council 106 - BSA Image
    3 years ago
    Richard Holloman
    True for so many boys. Also one of the most enduring positive influences In our lives.
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  • San Francisco Bay Area Council Image
    3 years ago
    Jeff Couthren
    I am re-reading this book right now. Zamperini mentions Scouting more than once, really bringing the story home.
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  • North Florida Council Image
    2 years ago
    Lalla Gallagher
    Book was powerful!
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  • Mecklenburg County Council Image
    a year ago
    Ed Sander
    I read the book and saw the movie. He was an awesome individual. If you are looking for someone to model your life after - he would be a good one. You don't have to go through the same struggles as him to be become someone like him became in the end. I am sure he wouldn't want you too. To be clear - I am speaking of what he was like inside. Just notice the lessons he learned and how he changed his life and became a better person. Truly amazing. Wish I could have met him.
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    a year ago
    Steven Hobbs
    I knew Louis to very small degree. I believe he would be the first one to say "No" to anyone seeking to model their life after his. The film only touched on a part of his life. It hinted at the issues he had as a child, before he started running. It totally skipped the pain he and his family experienced after the war. The book does go into it in some detail. He did state on multiple occasions that scouting and many of the lessons he learned there were instrumental in his surviving the events of WW II. He was an amazing man, and a good scout.
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