Susan Wilcox (email@example.com)
Tue, 05 Nov 1996 08:53:36 -0800
HI, I am a new committee chair for my son's high adventure explorer post.
I applaud your desire to have a more active camping program and am excited
about such a well trained and involved person getting into Exploring.
Remember, high adventure exploring is more than just camping. Its a 3
I do however, have a couple of questions about your scout troop
What part of the country are you from? We are located in the flats of
California's central valley and there is nothing to do unless you drive 2
hours. It could be the reason you stay close to home is that you are
somewhere that has scenery and camping.
Why doesn't your troop go more? You need monthly outing to get quality
unit and that is a real goal for most of us. At our annual planning
conference we have to eliminate places rather than find places to go. Every
year we have 2 high adventure activities in the troop. Usually one
backpacking trip for beginners and one for the older scouts. Does your
council offer high adventure training for trek leading? I cannot believe
that if you put together a plan with your older scouts your committee
wouldn't approve it. Signing up for Philmont is an easy start as they
provide the equipment and 2 days of trail guides. Since the boys run the
program, put the bug in a couple of ears and then be prepared to lead the
event. We've done the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim 3 times, Philmont 3
times, Lassen Nat'l Park 2 times, and multiple Sierra Nevada hikes. The
linch pin is having adults who are willing to lead. Often we open these
long trips to others in the district when we don't have enough scouts to
Susan Wilcox - I used to be an Owl '91
At 09:48 PM 11/4/96 -0600, you wrote:
>I would like to introduce myself. Not knowing who is on this list,
>I just subscribed to this list this morning, and I reviewed the membership
>just a minute ago. I am familiar with a few of you through some of the
>other Scouting list's I belong to.
>My wife and I are the proud parents of 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. My
>sons are 15 (Life ), 13 (Star), and 6 (Tiger). My daughters are 10 ( Junior GS)
>and 4 (waiting for Daisy's next year). I went through the Cub Scout ranks
>60's making WeBeLoS in '66. I joined Boy Scouts, but quit before ever
>any rank. I have been active in as a Scouter for 3 years now (I guess 4 if
>Tiger partner with my oldest son 9 years ago).
>I am Troop Committee Chair for my sons Troop, and am Tiger Cub Group Coach
>for my youngest sons Pack. My primary job is as Unit Commissioner, and I am
>a member of the Cub And Boy Scout Roundtable staffs. I also serve as a member
>of the Boy Scout and Cub Scout Training Teams, and am a Member of the District
>I attended Boy Scout leader Wood Badge [SR-119] in June '95 (used to be a Bob
>White), and Cub Scout Trainer Wood Badge [W-CS-38] in May '96 (used to be an
>Eagle). I completed my BS WB ticket in May, and received my Beads in Oct. I
>to complete my Cub Trainer tickets by Feb. '97 and would like to have my bead
>ceremony in March '97.
>I am scheduled to serve as Commissary Asst. for Subcamp 19 at the Jamboree next
>year. My sons and I really enjoy camping, but the Troop we are affiliated
>give us the challenge we are looking for. They attend summer camp every
>have 8 camp outs per year. Of these there are 2, possibility 3 that are 2
night camp outs,
>all the others are 1 night events. We normally camp within 1 hr from home,
>Sat. AM around 8 and returning between 10-11 AM Sun.
>I am seriously considering trying to start up an Explorer Post to give an
>camping program to any kids that want more than what they are getting. Since my
>second son will be turning 14 in March, I will probably try to work around
>I really know little about the Explorer program. Our district has 13 post,
>most are either Fire, Law Enforcement, or Veterinarian based. I am looking
>to learning much new information from this list, and gathering a new base
>for my many neophyte questions.
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