Sat, 13 Apr 1991 15:49:46 BST
Hi one and all,
I have been subscribed to this list for a while now, but with work and
trips abroad (possibly more of that later !), I haven't sent an
introduction. Well here goes...
As far as I'm concerned, I have been in scouting since I was 8 more or
less, I did actually skip about 4 years as a scout. When I was in cubs
(8-11) my mother became involved and remained so until she passed away
last year. With her help, myself and 3 others started up a Venture Scout
Unit, incidentally this is now being run one of my best friends. The
Unit caters for both boys and girls from the ages of 15 thro' 20. Whilst
with the unit I completed the Duke of Edingburghs award - meeting him
last Easter, and also the Queens' Scout Award. This is our highest award
and is along the similar lines of Eagle Scout, I finally had my
certificate presented last November by the Chief Scout.
I am currently working at IBM for a year before returning to Portsmouth
Polytechnic to finish my Electronics degree - if anyone knows of any job
oppurtunities or sponsorship for Masters degrees, please E-Mail me !!!
Anyway, back to the real subject, I am also strongly involved with the
Student Scout and Guide Club (mentioned not so long ago) which seems to
be very similar to your scouting frats, doing a very similar job, and
also having our own camporees/rallies.
I also have a fair experience of BSA as I have spent the last 2 summers
working on a camp in upstate NY. In fact it was there that I possibly
made my biggest mistake getting involved with an american (female), this
still causes a lot of problems - but who said life is easy. In fact I
have E-mailed her several postings recently to send on to a mutal friend
of ours, the Camp Director. Anyway, that is enough of me I should think
- If anyone wants to know anything else, specific questions/problems etc
please feel free to E-mail me.
A couple of other points I have on recent postings:
We do still have a few Trek-carts here, in fact I have helped at the
National Trek-cart races over here. They seem to be pretty much the same
- not too surprisingly. Traditionally they would be constructed with 2
iron-shod wheels such as a horse drawn cart would have. The pulling was
done through a T bar arrangement at the front in teams with additional
help from behind. They were used as a cheap method of transportation for
the patrol/troop activities and camps. I believe they were still in
general use until just after the war when motor transport became more
The other bit of information I have concerns the Uggy Uggy Uggy shout.
This is the most well known cheer in Britain. I'm sure that everyCub,
Scout etc knows it, as well as the general population. As someone esle
pointed out (sorry I can't be more specific), if orginated from Welsh
Rugby and is still used to welcome the Welsh team onto the pitch. For
some reason it never occurred to us to use it at our camp. Instead we
made the 'mistake' of singing 'A pizza hut' at the first camp fire, and
it stuck from there on as our trademark, even to the following year!
Well I hope I haven't bored everyone to death, keep up the good work.
You may have the pleasure (??!!?) of hearing from me again.
BMONTGOM at HVTVM4.Vnet.IBM.Com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City