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"Be Prepared" as a Call to Arms

Jonathan Goldstein

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This summer, we're going on vacation! All summer long we're commemorating, re-creating, or otherwise bringing to you odes to the longest, best weekend of all -- the summer vacation. From weekend getaways to longer trips at home and abroad, Weekend America is taking you on vacation with us.

We start with Jonathan Goldstein. He doesn't have a lot of his own memories of nature. His relationship to the wild is marked by a certain degree of fear, or at least suspicion. He was raised to think of the natural world as something to be avoided or reckoned with. If you dare go out into it, you'd better be prepared for trouble.

His daughter Arizona, on the other hand, is developing a healthy love of the wild -- or at least, a local forest preserve. When she asked her dad to take her camping there, that two-word Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared" became, to Jonathan, a call to arms.

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  • By Darrell Bibby

    From Salem, MA, 05/31/2008

    Great story. I loved it. I am a father, 50yrs old. Two daughters in college now.
    Started backpacking w/them when they were six. We've been on many trips since then. Now that they're in college and doing other things, they don't come with me too often. But I look forward to camping w/them in the future. And we are an African America family.

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