Lawson Dickson (wld@ZEPPO.GEOSURV.GOV.NF.CA)
Thu, 8 Sep 1994 10:01:27 NDT
I am Lawson Dickson (aka Rocky) and new to the list. I am introducing myself as
requested in the sign-on introductory packages. I am currently a Scout
Councillor (SC) with the 1st Cowan Heights Scout Troop in St. John's,
Newfoundland, Canada and within two weeks I will be organizing the formation of
a Venturers Company. I have been involved in Scouting only as an adult. I was
volunteered 8 years ago when my son joined the Beavers. Within the year, all the
original Beaver leaders had gone on to Cubs or left, and I was left with no
experienced leaders and 5 brand new Rookie leaders. You get to learn pretty fast
in that situation. The first thing I learned was that the senior leader has to
delegate responsibilities. The senior Beaver leader can't do everything. I found
that most of my leaders were quite willing to assist. They only needed to be
asked. This was clear after our first planning session.
I spent 5 years in Beavers missing out Cubs. They were a bit too lively for me.
When my son went on to Scouts I made the big jump. It was really different
from Beavers. Suddenly there were all these big kids, some bigger than me and
they were only 13 years old at most. The first camp was another learning
experience. This was the BP-woodsman camp. I sat through all the sessions led
by the experienced Scouters and learned my six knots. I was given several
sessions to lead such as map and compass, outdoor survival, appreciation on
nature and history of Scouting. As a geologist (hence my Scout name of Rocky)
the first three were fairly straightforward. The history of Scouting was another
matter. Fortunately there was an outline of the history on a large flip chart.
Being from Scotland, I was able to fill out the session with my knowledge of
British history and the social conditions at the turn of the century. The kids
seemed to enjoy the story and so did the leaders. They said they hadn't heard
that version before!
I completed my Gillwell in Scouts about 2 years ago, but that is another long
story. Lots of fun and adventure.
My son and most of his patrol completed their Chief Scout award this spring.
Their main project was clearing and seeding the ground in front of the Scout
Cabin so it could be used for tents, ball games and other outdoor activities.
The Scouts who graduated last year to Ventures want to start their own
company, hence my involvement with Venturers.
I look forward to participating in this list. My e-mail address is
All the best in Scouting,
Lawson Dickson. (I also answer to Rocky, or Larsen, Wilson, Austin or Jimmy
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