Re: Hi from the boys
Norman J MacLeod (normac4101@AOL.COM)
Sun, 6 Feb 1994 17:02:50 EST
Welkom bei ons Paul en Chuck,
Just thought I d wake you up a bit first! I m a Canadian Wood Badger
presently working in the States having returned from six years in The
Netherlands where I was a Troop Scout Leader in the First The Hague Scout
Group (two Beaver Colonies (one mixed (co-ed)), Two Cub Packs (one mixed),
two Scout Troops (both mixed), and on Venture Scout Unit (mixed). I ve done
quite a lot of Scouting around the world, and am pleased to have two Scouts
come on line with what often turns out to be a crew of old fogies who
discuss (and occasionally rant and rave) about Scouting. (The greeting is in
Dutch, by the way, and literally translates to welcome with us . That s
because we hope you stay on-line, even if you have to do so by going to
Paul s office. (Unless of course you have a modem at home or in school. If
there is one in use at school, ask them to subscribe to Scouts-L so that you
can maybe even get some school credit out of it.)
Since you are learning about the use of computers, and what they can do for
you, how about this for an idea - Every October (third full weekend of the
month) the World Bureau hosts the Jamboree on the Air, which has
traditionally been centred on radio communications. Now that computer
communications are growing up though, there is more an more of the type of
communication you are doing now. How about going to your District leadership
and proposing that your District or Council holds a JOTA Camporee this year?
You would probably hope to include the traditional radio amateurs along with
amateur radio people who can provide computer to satellite links, and maybe
even get the local telephone company or disaster response agency bring out a
van that has telephone line and satellite linking capability..
In the meantime, how about seeing how many more Scouts you can get on-line?
There are several people communicating on the Internet who would be glad to
have more Scouts talking to each other. Besides, you get to have the ability
to go on-line and ask people all over the Scouting world for help in putting
your Troop s programmes together. There are a lot of exciting ideas floating
around the world that are just free for the asking. Our Scouts helped a Scout
Camp Nature Programme director with ideas for his programme for next summer,
so they were able to have an effect on a summer camp programme in Oregon.
Here are a few people around the world who might be able to help you locate
Scouts to communicate with (the name is followed by the Internet address and
a short bio):
- Robert Czernoski email@example.com Robert is a Leader in New
South Wales, Australia.
- Gregor Herrmann firstname.lastname@example.org Gregor is located at the
University of Innsbruck in Austria.
- Claus Nielsen email@example.com Claus is a Leader in the Danish
KFUM-Spejderne i Danmark, one of the Danish Scouting organisations and is
located at the University of Aalborg.
- Patrick de Gagne firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick is closer
to you, in Montreal, Quebec.
- Kimo Heikkinen email@example.com Kipi is in Finland, and strongly
supports the idea that the Internet Scouting forums should include more
communication from the Scouts themselves, in addition to all the Leader
traffic there already is.
- Ian Ford firstname.lastname@example.org Ian is a Venture Scout Unit Leader from
England. He has traveled fairly widely, and is familiar with the American BSA
programme as well as our British BSA programmes (betcha didn t know there was
more than one BSA, the British version means British Scout Association!)
- Cathal Walsh email@example.com Cathal is an Irish Scout Leader from
Dublin, where he works at Trinity College. He has a very active Scout Group
that travels all over Europe.
- Joern Lodahl firstname.lastname@example.org Joern is a graduate student at Aarhus
University in Denmark, who is a Leader who would like to come to America to
do the Walking Wood Badge at Philmont.
- David Jansen email@example.com David is a Leader in
Scouting Nederland, and works at the Leiden University Observatory which is a
few miles southwest of Amsterdam.
If you write each of these at their Internet address and tell them that you
are working on your badge, they might be able to help you find Scouts from
their areas who would like to send messages back to you. Even if they can t.,
you can get ideas from them, as well as learning how Scouting is organised in
each country. (There s the idea, the rest is up to you and how far you want
to take it!)
This is a multipurpose suggestion. Since you are both at about the same
progress award level, you might want to open up your Scout Handbook and look
at the requirements under the Communications and Citizenship in the World
Merit Badges. Why not snag more than one bird while doing this? Work hard,
yes, but always try harder than the other guy to work smart! And, (very
important, never forget!) it ALWAYS makes parents happier when you use a
word-processing programme to compose your letters off-line, using the phone
line only for a minute or two to actually send what you have written.
About me: I have been in Scouting for a lot of years, ever since I became a
Cub at eight (no Beavers in those days). My principle current registration is
as a member of the London Region Training Team (Scouts Canada). However, I am
serving as an ASM here in Delaware while I am here, and my Leader s Warrant
with the British Scout Association has been allowed to remain open by
direction of the national staff at Baden-Powell House, the better to
facilitate my work (when I have time) with Junak, the Czech Republic s
Scouting organisation where I was given life membership in the 53rd Plzen as
a result of a sibling Scout Group relationship I set up between the First The
Hague, the 53rd Plzen and the 54th Plzen. The three Groups have camped
together for the past two summers, and will be taking a break this year
before starting an alternating year summer camp together for the foreseeable
future. You might say I am rather active in Scouting at the international
level. With this kind of background, I can be a pretty good resource for any
PLC member who is involved in putting a Troop programme together, and am
willing to do so, if asked.
I am an Aerospace Medicine professional by trade (for the past eighteen
years), and am presently working at Dover AFB, in Delaware. I have a strong
wilderness leadership, mountaineering, and rescue background, (including
teaching aircrew land survival techniques) with canoeing and other outdoor
activities thrown in for good measure. Ski racing is my favourite sport, and
I am a racing coach whenever living in the right parts of the world. I am
also rather fond of competitive sailing, which was a fair substitute for ski
racing while I was living in Holland (not too much in the sway of sloped land
there, dike facings excepted). Here in Delaware I am working in a Troop that
is rapidly becoming adventure addicted and much larger than it used to be.
The other ASM is a former Outward Bound instructor. The SM is glad to have
us, and is happy to be learning new things along with the Scouts. We are a
combination of traditional and forward-looking in our approach to Scouting,
with a strong bent toward an exciting and challenging programme for all. Our
programme is outlined for the next five years or so, with the current
highlights including a wilderness canoe trip on Class I and II white water
and participation in the next Canadian Jamboree, which will be held in
Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1997. (you might want to give that one some thought).
The more challenging white water trips will be limited to those Scouts who
successfully complete a series of training courses that will make them safe
partners on the trips. But, we are not leaving out the younger Scouts, who
will have a slightly less challenging programme at the same time the more
experienced ones are out in the boonies. We expect to do better at keeping
the older Scouts with us for longer if they can look forward to progressively
more challenging and exciting activities.
I realise this is long for E-mail, but I thought it would be more fun for you
to get a bit of a workout on what you can do with the computer in the future.
A lot of Scouts complete a Merit Badge, and then go on to other things,
leaving the skills they picked up while doing the badge far behind them.
Think of this, though, going on-line with other Scouts and Scouters will give
you new approaches to Scouting that will keep you interested, as well as
providing a better programme for your Scouts than the Troop next door that
doesn t make use of the same resources. This is a resource that can make the
rest of your Merit Badges easier to get through, and you will certainly be
able to get loads of ideas for that most difficult task ahead of you -
deciding what your Eagle Project will be and how to organise it! There are a
lot of quality Eagles in America, and lots of Scouters here and in other
places around the world that will be eager to help you get your project
going. Try us, we don t bite too often! After all, we work best when we
remember that we are all a part of the same Scouting family, no matter where
in the world we may be living.
Just because Scouting is a youth operated activity (supposed to be, sometimes
is, at any rate), doesn t mean you can t go on-line and pick the Old Boys
brains for their most successful activity and service ideas! Fund raising
ideas to support ambitious high adventure programmes are out here, too, like
Halloween Insurance. (Halloween Insurance - The Scouts go door to door in the
weeks leading up to Halloween and sell home owners insurance policies for
$5.00 or so. The terms of the insurance are that , if the home gets TP d, the
car gets waxed, or whatever else on Halloween, your Troop will do the
clean-up. The home owner has to call a designated Scout parent on November
1st to request the clean-up, and the Troop goes out and does it. There is a
Troop in the midwest that has done this, and they have been called out once
in four years. The only up-front expense is the printing of the policy . You
don t have to buy clean-up materials unless you get called out. And, as a
final bennie, the Scouts parents can be fairly certain that it isn t their
sons out doing up the neigbours . There are a few places where this would be
a losing proposition, of course, but it may be that your Troop could make a
pretty decent annual bundle out of it.)
Enough for now.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City