A Scout Master was teaching his Boy Scouts about survival in the desert.
“What are the three most important things you should have with you in case you get lost in the desert?” he asked.
Several hands went up, and many important things were suggested such as food, matches, etc. Then one little boy in the back eagerly raised his hand. “Yes, Joey,” said the Scout Master, “What are the three things you would want to have with you?”
“A compass, a canteen of water, and a deck of cards,” Joey proudly replied.
The Scout Master was intrigued by this unusual answer. “Why is that, Joey?” he asked.
“Well,” answered Joey, “The compass is to find the right direction, and the water is to prevent dehydration.”
“Certainly good things to have along,” said the Scout Master. “But what about the deck of cards?”
“They’re to help you get rescued, sir,” answered Joey.
“Rescued?” asked the Scout Master. “How so?”
“Well, sir,” Joey replied, “all you need to do is start playing solitaire. Before you finish your first hand, someone’s bound to come up behind you and say, ‘Put that red nine on top of that black ten.'”