Blair, Bill (wdb@ITDPCGATE.DSTO.GOV.AU)
Mon, 8 Aug 1994 11:12:00 CST
my name is Bill Blair and I'm currently the Scout Leader of Mount Painter
Scout Troop - Kama Group in the Australian Capital Territory. I have been
involved with scouts on and off since I joined as a youth member almost
thirty years ago (pains me to think it was that long ago :-)
77-79 I ran a troop in Melbourne (1st/2nd Greensborough) before I had
kids of my own - undertook no training on the basis that I had a good enough
background and I was already taking enough time from my wife - have since
seen the benefits and disappointments of the adult training scheme. I took
a break whilst I was posted with the Army to the United Kingdom and while my
kids grew to cub age.
When my oldest entered cubs so did I with Kama group (88), stayed with
cubs including 89 -92 as a Webelos leader with Pack 49 Monmouth Council -
New Jersey USA - plus summer camps and other activities with Troop 49.
Argued many a long night on summer camp on the benefits and challenges of
having girls in scouting - but will leave that debate to rec.scouting !!
On our return from the States, my son, daughter and myself returned to
Kama to be part of a newly formed mixed Scout troop. Oldest son is now in
venturers - but unlikely I will follow - enjoying scouting too much.
The focus of the troop has been very much on lightweight camping/hiking
but we've also dabbled in construction and cross country skiing. Still
moving down the road towards the "patrol system" with our scouts heavily
involved in the development of the long term programs but with only a
limited involvement in the weekly meeting organisation.
I'll watch the board with interest. The little I've seen to date
(three days) it's much more like what I expected than rec.scouting with
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City