Re: REVIEW EXPLORER-NET
Larry Gray (email@example.com)
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 21:55:32 +0000
>>> SNIP <<<
> Allow me to challenge every member of this list to provide details of one
> truly great activity staged by his or her unit. It could be a superactivity,
> or merely a day activity- but something that would rank as a favorite, to be
> repeated. Does anyone have any idea for a prize that could be awarded to the
> "best" such contribution? I will look forward with excitement to seeing some
> great new ideas, and will offer my own paltry contribution as soon as I can
> prepare it.
Okay Cliff, you asked for it:
I have two favorite events that we sponsor. The one that is the most fun
is a white water rafting trip to the Ocoee river in the Smoky Mountains
in Tennessee . It takes a day to get there. We arrive early evening
just in time to set up camp before dark. After a meal and relaxing by
the camp fire everyone is ready for bed.
The next morning we get up at sunrise, have breakfast and then it is off
to the river. We rent rafts and a guide and take a level III rapid ride.
After the rapids, it�s lunch and exploring hiking trails, water falls
and other terrific sight seeing. Florida is flat. The Smokies are not.
It is all exciting to us. A second night in this camp sight and it is
off to North Carolina where we do more hiking and sight seeing. After a
hot year in Florida, it is really refreshing to experience the
mountains. By mid afternoon we are headed south to Georgia where we
spend our last night in the mountains before heading home.
The second event is a week long intensive Emergency Services Training
Camp at Camp Blanding, Florida for search and rescue units throughout
the State of Florida.. The week is unbelievably jam packed with training
and practice missions.
Our post is an aviation explorer unit. The training involves finding
"targets" by being led into remote areas by aircraft. The first day we
use our radios and the second day we communicate using only signals,
either body or colorful signal panels. The aircraft uses maneuvers to
get their point across.
There is classroom and practical training in the use of various
electronic Directional Finding equipment to find emergency locating
transmitters. There is training in various line searches and lost person
behavior. We do military land navigation courses to sharpen compass and
orienteering skills learned in class.
We spend one night in the field finding direction by the stars and doing
DF searches, sound searches and line searches in the fog ( smoke
grenades). We eat most of our meals in a mess hall, we bring our own
cook and food. However we eat four meals in the field which consist of
military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) The newer ones come with their own
heaters and are actually quite tasty.
The week prepares the students to qualify for various Civil Air Patrol
ratings and the NASAR SAR Tech III and II exams.
These are my two submissions.
Too busy spending my time having fun in Scouting to suffer from apathy
or write to this list very often ;^>
I used to be an Eagle