Ben Parker [IL] (71450.2735@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 9 Sep 1992 15:55:09 EDT
Just a note of introduction. I'm Ben Parker from Oak Park, IL.
I am an ASM in Troop 16 (now celebrating its 77th year), Camping Promotion
adviser for Shin-Go-Beek Lodge 334. I am an Eagle Scout, and so is my older
son Chris. Younger son Jon is now Life and getting ready to work on his
project. My wife Sue is a committee member and former Den Leader.
I just finished working with Mike Nielsen as adviser to the WOA-TV group at
the recent NOAC. It was great to work with such a fun group of kids! But
it wasn't much different from my regular work since I produce videos and
other media support for business meetings.
I started in scouting as a Cub Scout in San Diego, CA. Most of my Boy Scout
days, & camp staff were in Great Salt Lake council, where I earned Eagle and
was inducted into the OA (i'm now Brotherhood). I went to my first
Jamboree in 1964. I spent 3 years with a regular troop, and 2 years as a
Senior Scout with a handicapped troop. I moved (back) to CA, and got
involved with a search & rescue Explorer Post in Oroville. I always got to
do the climbing and rapelling parts. After I went to college (UC Davis) I
drifted away from Scouting, but not perhaps from service since Sue & I spent
2 yrs teaching overseas in the Peace Corps.
I got involved again here in IL, when my older son Chris joined Cub Scouts,
7-8 yrs ago. I assisted with his den, and next year our Pack needed a new
Cubmaster, so I took that on for the next 4 years. I gradually shifted over
to the Troop as our boys got older. Our troop has over 65 registered and
regularly has 45+ at meetings. We go camping every month except Dec and
Aug., we have a 'super' campout every June, right after school is out, and
spend 2 weeks at summer camp. We have a BWCA canoe trip every other year. I
went to my 2nd Jamboree as ASM in our council's contingent troop in 1989,
and have spent 1 week at camp with our troop every summer for the last 4
My thanks to Brian Gray for introducing me to this list. I look forward to
some interesting discussions.
Ben Parker Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
805 S Elmwood Ave Internet: email@example.com
Oak Park IL 60304-1416 Compuserve: 71450,2735
708/386-6578 Fax: 708/386-5067
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