Summer Camp Stories
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 16:46:00 MST
I did not go to Summer Camp this year, but I did go to the Pimaree and have
this fun story to share with the list!
FUTURE LEADERS (POLITICIANS?)
Beginning in 1961, the Pimaree is a biennial event with alternating
hosts, Catalina Council, BSA and Provincia Sonora, Asociacion de
Scouts de Mexico. A week long event, designed to be a cultural
learning experience. Troops consist of two U.S. and two Mexican
patrols. Hosting the 1994 event, the Mexicans held it in El Globo,
Mexico. The Mexican Staff planned and executed all activities, but
U.S. staff frequently helped run the activities. I timed the Pista
de Comandos (obstacle course). If you have never seen an obstacle
course designed by the Scouts de Mexico, it is something to behold.
I think they planned it Monday to get the scouts in the habit of
taking a shower at camp early.
I started a patrol every four minutes. The Invisible Men, a U.S.
patrol, was the second patrol to leave. The first patrol to leave,
the Bufalos a Mexican patrol, returned in an amazing 1 hour, 30
minutes, and 36 seconds. Over 15 minutes latter the fourth patrol
to leave arrived. During the next hour and a half more patrols,
both U.S. and Mexican return, but not the Invisible Men. I began
to wonder, had they really disappeared? 8 out of 14 total patrols
completed the course before the Invisible Men appeared, as dirty
as the rest. When the dust (and mud) had settled, the Green troop
had the distinction of having both the fastest and slowest patrols.
The Bufalos had the fastest time and the Invisible Men the slowest.
Latter in the Staff area I ran into the young Mexican adult who was
working as the assistant for activities. I asked him about the
Invisible Men, joking that I had thought they had disappeared. He
laughed and then explained; "Every time they got to an obstacle,
they stopped and debated the obstacle. Trying, I think, to find
a way to do it without getting dirty. Finally, they would take off
their shirts and do the obstacle."
Chris Haggerty, Advancement Chairman, Cochise District Catalina Council
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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