Bruce B. Harper (BHARPER@VTVM1.BITNET)
Mon, 19 Oct 1992 09:31:02 EDT
Greetings from the mountains of Southwest Virginia, where the leaves
are turning in a spectacular fashion.
My name is Bruce Harper and I am involved in Cub Scouting. Up until last
month, I was just an interested and supportive parent, but I am now an
Assistant Weblos Den Leader. I was also somewhat involved from the other
side of operations as the chairman of the Mission and Outreach Committee
at Northside Presbyterian Church here in Blacksburg, which holds the charters
for Boy Scout Troop 56 and Cub Pack 56. The M&O Committee is the interface
between the church and Scouting.
Troop 56 is the oldest troop in Blacksburg (over 50 years old, with about
the last half of its existance at Northside). Pack 56 is 4 years old and
was formed as a new Pack to meet a growing demand for Cub programs.
We have about 50 to 60 kids involved from Tigers to Second Year Weblos
Scouts. My 9-year-old son Andy started as a Tiger Cub and is now a
First Year Weblos (1 of 12, split into two dens). My second son Daniel
is 7 and is now in a Wolf den after a year of Tiger Cubs. Son number
three, Matthew, is 5 months old, so he just goes to Pack meetings.
I joined the Pack committee last Spring (and am still a member), but
was asked to help out with Andy's Weblos den this fall, mainly to give
support to the other dad who volundrafted to be the leader. The leader
of the other first year den just ended a stint as our Cubmaster and
has a son who completed the Weblos program last spring, so we do have
someone who is interested and experienced in the Weblos program. We have
had one overnight campout and are working away on achievements.
We are in the New River District of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council
(headquarters in Roanoke, Virginia), which operates the largest
council-owned Scout reservation, Camps Powhatan and Ottari in Pulaski
I learned about this list from the NEW-LIST list, got the April log,
and thought the list was pretty interesting. When I was tapped for
den leadership, I decided to join in and pick up what advise I could
from this august group.
In addition to Cub Scouts, I am heavily involved in the local recreational
soccer league as the Under-8 coordinator. I line up coaches, assign kids
to teams, make up the game schedule (can anyone recommend any type of
team scheduling software?), and generally see that the season runs
smooth for this age group. We have both a fall and spring season; this is
my fifth season as the Under-8 coordinator.
My wife and I also served as the advisors to the senior high youth group
at church for three years, and I am on the Christian Education Committee
at church as the Session representative.
Professionally, I am a technical writer and editor (and former newspaper
reporter). I am classified staff (as opposed to being faculty) here at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and
I maintain university policies and procedures (both on paper and
electronically), maintain a large portion of the campus-wide information
system on the mainframe computer, provide computer support for the Records
Management department, and am currently working on a special project in
Institutional Research to standardize the codes and data contained in the
myriad university databases (facilities, personnel, finance, etc.).
So, with that varied background, I hope I can contribute to the list
in addition to learning from it. If nothing else, I can lend moral
support to the other parents who are involved in things to see that their
(and other) kids can have good experiences.
Administrative Display System Bruce B. Harper, Manager
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0433
==In the mountains of beautiful Southwest Virginia.==
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