Atlanta Scout pens “Journal of a Boy Scout”

The cover of Fisher Snow's "Journal of a Boy Scout"Fisher Snow is a Scout in Troop 197 chartered to The Westminster School in Atlanta, Georgia.

After spending a few years in the Scouting program, Fisher wanted to share his experience in a creative format. He’s written a semi-autobiographical novella about his first year as a Scout titled “Journal of a Boy Scout”. The book follows Daniel, a new Scout, through his first year in a Troop similar to Fisher’s.

We interviewed Fisher about the release of the book and his plans for a sequel.

AAC: What were the best and most challenging parts of writing “Journal of a Boy Scout”?

Fisher: The best part of writing the book was looking back on all the fun that I had at Boy Scouts and knowing that I will be able to share it with other people. The most challenging part was finding time to write with my busy school work and many extracurricular activities.

AAC: How much of Daniel’s story is based on your real life?

Fisher: A little more than half of the book was based on my real life, which was where I got my inspiration.

AAC: What sparked your interest in writing a book?

Fisher: I absolutely enjoy Scouting – I have learned a lot in my years of Scouting and I have had so much fun with my Scout friends at troop meetings, campouts and service projects. One day I thought I would share my love of Scouting with others, including those not in my troop and those who were not Boy Scouts. What could be better than writing a book about it? So I started writing.

AAC: What advice do you have to other Scouts who want to write?

Fisher: First, if you love something, share it. Second, if you can’t think of something to write about, look for the fun things around you. Finally, start small and keep working, you can’t write a book in one day, but you can achieve a lot over a long period of time.

AAC: Do you plan to write another book?

Fisher: Yes, I am currently working on the second book. I plan on writing a three-book series about Daniel’s Scouting experiences until he goes to college.

Read an excerpt from Fisher Snow’s “Journal of a Boy Scout” below and click here to learn more about the book.

Thursday, June 23

The Troop’s now on a six-week summer break after the summer camp. I’ve just now recovered from the sunburn I got from swimming in the lake, but I haven’t fully recovered from the lack of sleep. I’ve been sleeping about twelve hours a day ever since I got home. By the time I wake up around ten, Mom and Dad have already gone to work, and Max is at his day camp.

I just love being home alone. This is the first year that I am old enough to stay home by myself. I like the feeling of freedom when nobody’s watching me. It feels like the whole world is mine. I can do whatever I want to do or do nothing at all. There are no schedules and no agendas. All I have to do is relax. Sometimes I like to stretch out on my bed and stare at the ceiling, daydreaming.

I was glad we didn’t have a Troop meeting last week because I was exhausted. But as the days have gone by, it’s started to get really boring around here. I miss my Scout friends. I miss chatting with them at mealtimes, I miss playing cards with them, and I miss the jokes we all told at bedtime. Whenever Max bugs me, I just wish I could go back to summer camp, where nobody bothered me. Speaking of Max, he is addicted to Lego and keeps on asking me to play with him. If I won’t, he’ll ask again and again, which really annoys me. I used to like Lego a lot, but for some reason I suddenly lost interest when I started middle school. And I no longer want to play with a second grader.

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been almost a year since I joined the Boy Scouts. To say I love it would be an understatement. I feel like I’m just one of the guys there. Strangers have turned into good friends. I share a lot of laughter and a few tears. Everyone treats me with respect. My worst fear before I joined the Boy Scouts was being bullied by the mean boys. But so far, I haven’t witnessed any bullying at my Troop.

It’s been an amazing year. I camped out on sizzling summer days and freezing nights, in pleasant weather and stormy weather, in the mountains and in the river valleys. I’ve never been more appreciative of the power of nature and the comfort of home.

I’ve learned how to tie a good knot when I need to. I now feel more comfortable entering a new environment and meeting new people. I’ve learned to respect those who are different from me. I know why I need to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. I’ve learned that being miserable and moping won’t help. I now have the courage to face difficult situations and to push through extreme frustrations, and I’m no longer afraid to ask for help. I’ve learned the power of teamwork and what it takes to be a good team player. I’ve also learned how rewarding it can be when I help and serve others.

On top of all that, I also did pretty well in school this year, which probably means that I did learn how to manage my time.

I wonder what’s in store for our Troop next year. Some of my friends will be in college after the summer, and I’ve started to miss them already. I know they’ll do great in college thanks to what they’ve learned from Scouting. I’m sure a few new Scouts will be joining our Troop. And where will we go camping next year?

I’m not really looking forward to school starting again, but I can’t wait for the Troop’s summer break to be over so I can see my friends again.

Click here to learn more about Fisher Snow and “Journal of a Boy Scout.”