Shel Holtz (shel@NETCOM.COM)
Wed, 27 Apr 1994 07:38:58 -0700
I've been reading faithfully but not posting, partly due to time
constrains resulting from the move up north and partly due to the fact
that we haven't been active in Scouting for the last month since we
moved. I called the District Executive for the Muir District in the
northern East Bay (the council is a recently merged one, incorporating
the former Silverado Council and the East Bay -- can't remember its new
name). I had to call back about a dozen times before he returned my call
and recommended two troops, 262 and 444.
We visited 262 yesterday. They meet at a brand new middle school. About
28 boys are active in the troop, they have a full schedule, including a
monthly campout, a summer camp, a long-term backpack, and they encourage
JLT participation as well as a weeklong leadership program called White
Stag. Anybody ever heard of it? The only disappointment is that they
don't have any backpacks leading up to the 50-miler (over Emigrant Pass).
They do one-day hikes, and the boys who will be taking the long-term are
required to wear backpacks. IMHO, that prepares them to carry the weight,
but not to live on the trail! Next Tuesday, we'll visit 444, which bills
itself as a high-adventure troop. Both troops seem pricey -- $120 for a
year in 262, and they said that 444 is more. The troop we came from in
the San Fernando Valley was about $60 a year!
The SM of 444 told me there are four other troops within a 4-mile radius
of my house the DE didn't tell me about. He also told me the DE is not
popular, doesn't work for the interests of Scouting, and is on his way out.
We hope to make a selection soon. Ben has all his requirements completed
for 2nd Class, but hadn't had his Board yet before we moved. He got along
well with the scouts in 262 last night; they invited him to teach them a
game he had learned in his previous troop. 262 is also entirely boy-run,
and the leadership group does a very good job. So far, I'm impressed with
what I see here!
Shel Holtz, Eagle '69, former ASM T549, Granada Hills, CA
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