Category Archives: Campfire Tales

Philmont – the National Boy Scout Ranch cherished by millions of Americans – is put in hock to pay BSA debts

By Bruce A. Smith I was a camper at Philmont Scout Ranch when I was sixteen-years old, and it was one of the most meaningful experiences of my youth. As a kid growing up in suburban New York, I had … Continue reading

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Life in a Boy Scout Camp – More tales from Camp Wauwepex

By Clifton Lamar Jones Special to the Mountain News-WA The following was written after reading Bruce Smith’s accounting of his scouting history.  After reading his article I was so taken back with his heartfelt words of Camp Wauwepex and my … Continue reading

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Fatherhood in a New Age – a tale of alien abduction coming to RISK!

By Bruce A. Smith I do not know if this story is true, at least in the usual sense of that word. What I do believe is that this story has a truth, a compelling truth that lies behind the … Continue reading

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Stories from the Journey launches at YouTube

By Bruce A. Smith I am proud to announce the launch of my “Stories from the Journey” channel at YouTube. The first selection posted is titled: The Home Run, and it explores the deeper issues encountered after I hit a … Continue reading

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North to Chibougamou – a true tale of young adventure

By Bruce A. Smith Editor’s Note: For only the second time in the past 48 years, I’ve crossed paths with someone who has been to Chibougamou, Quebec. His name is “Georger,” and we are associates in DB Cooper investigation. He … Continue reading

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The Man Who Divorced His Wife Over a Hat – more tales from “Stories from the Journey” collection

By Bruce A. Smith I like hats. I have panamas, Stetsons, baseball caps, Indiana-Jones-type hats, and balaclavas. My wife has bought me many of those hats, but not any more since she doesn’t like me wearing them. That woman is … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men’s Groups – another installment from “Campfire Tales – True Stories not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith  A few years ago, my friend Jeff telephoned in a rush to say, “You have to come over right now and watch the Bill Moyers show on TV.” I did. It was a telecast titled: “A … Continue reading

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