Chris Schmidt (CSCHMIDT@DISNEY.IMAGE.KODAK.COM)
Mon, 11 Jul 1994 11:11:25 -0400
Hi Fellow Scouts and Scouters!
I have just gotten back from Summer Camp and have re-subscribed
to SCOUTS-L and wanted to post some expiriences to the Net. To those of
you that read rec.scouting most of this will be a repeat!!
My Troop, Troop 90 from Chili, New York went to the Adirondak Scout
Reservation near Tupper Lake. We stayed at Camp Forester which is the Camp the
Council plans to close at the end of this camping season. The camp is at it's
finest this year. The Staff was VERY enthusiastic and helpful. In the
five years that I have been going back to summer camp, this was the MOST
enjoyable time that I have had. My troop was running with new Scout Leadership
for this first week and the boys did very well. All the new leaders were
given a Job Description Listing showing what they were responsible for.
This worked well enough that our troop won the overall Troop Competition
against some very strong troops in attendence this year.
I was on a Council Committee for the NEW Mountain Bike Program
at this camp this year. It was with GREAT pleasure that I got to work the
program during my stay at camp. It was also a dream come true for me.
To take an idea and bring it to fruition to create this program is one of
the high points of my scouting career. My reward came when the first
campers of the year got off the bus and were able to see the new Mountain
Bike Pavilion with 35 New Mountain Bikes inside all waiting to go. The
sight of these campers and their wide eyed stares and youthfull enthusiasm
could not be bought anywhere.
Many troops took advantage of this program this year. My own troop
took the bikes out during trail day and went from camp to the base of Mt. Arab,
for those of you that know the area. The trip was not without incident.
We had a few folks fall from the bikes and had MINOR scrapes but nothing at
all serious. We on the Committee have some recieved very positive comments
on the program and are looking forward to including it again next year.
This program will be moved to one of the other camps and may be a
Venture program next year. There is a possibility the program will be
relocated to the old Camp Pioneer at ASR in the overgrown parade field.
Rumor has it that Camp Pioneer may re-open in fiscal 1996. This camp has
been closed for almost 25 years. ( Hilding, I hope you are reading this!!)
Anyone that would like additional info please feel free to contact me!
ASM Troop 90 Chili, N.Y.
MB Committee, Otetiana Council, Rochester, N.Y
Eagle Class of 1969
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City