Canoe trip taught 14-year-old not to gripe

By Willis Webb


There are obviously lots of ways to teach youngsters not to whine andgripe but kids usually “take care” of gripey  teens or at least that was my experience. Some re-application may be required for septuagenarians like me. There’ve been many blessings in my life. Being chosen as one of 26 Boy Scouts and two adult leaders to make a wilderness canoe trip in Canada was a real treat…of sorts. Most guys on the trip were older and bigger. I was 14 and weighed maybe 130 pounds, soaking wet with a rock in each pocket (and, as you will see, that will have a bearing later on in the story). Included were eight older, bigger guys that I would later play high school football against. Whoops!
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