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The working title of this film was Be Prepared. Included in the film are brief renditions of several songs, including "The Star Spangled Banner." According to studio publicity, Rice E. Cochran's book was based on his experiences as a Scoutmaster, and the film was prepared with the cooperation of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Technical advisor George Bergstrom was a longtime Scoutmaster, according to a May 1953 Hollywood Citizen-News article. According to a April 13, 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, Billy Gray was set for the role of "Ace" but injured his foot and was replaced by Orley Lindgren. Although studio publicity lists the Great Dane in the film as "Baron," the film's pressbook credits "Count." It has not been determined which dog was used, or if both appeared in the picture in different scenes.