Dave Navarre (Dave.Navarre@GSA.GOV)
Wed, 12 Oct 1994 15:29:16 EST
Since etiquette requires that I introduce myself, here goes:
I am Dave Navarre, the 28-year-old Scoutmaster of the 77-year-old Troop
149 of Cherrydale, VA (actually Arlington, but our ancient flag says
Cherrydale, so we go by Cherrydale) in the Patawomeck District, NCAC -
National Capillary Council :-).
I was a Scout myself from '72-'85, reaching Star and becoming a
Brotherhood member of the Mi-Gi-Si O-Paw-Gan Lodge #162 of the Order of
the Arrow in the Detroit Area Council. I held most of the positions in my
Troop, including SPL and JASM, then was Unit Elections Chairman in the
Lodge in '83-'84.
I re-entered Scouts 2 years ago as an ASM in Troop 111 in Arlington due
to some fellow grad students who were ASMs. After six months, Troop 149
nearby was folding and I leapt to the rescue. Unfortunately, all but one
Scout had disappeared between the fall (when things started to disperese)
and August of '93. I've attended our District Scoutmaster Fundamentals
and just finished the requirements for the Scouter's Training Knot. I
plan on attending Wood Badge in another year or two.
Our Troop now consists of about 13 or 14 Scouts, 7 ASMs (4 grad students,
two fathers and an 18-year-old who returned to 149 from another Troop) a
large and active Troop Committee and 77 years of history. We camp every
month, attended summer camp at Goshen Scout Camps in Virginia and have
plans to go to Philmont in '97. We are rich in history and young in fact
Our problems are the problems of a new Troop and a new Scoutmaster.
Though most of these boys joined us from a huge feeder Pack (100 Cubs!!!)
and I had a year as an ASM, plus I volunteered for this, there are still
growing pains. Fortunately, we do lot of activities with my old Troop
(camped next to each at Camporees, co-camped once, and took one of their
Scouts to Summer Camp), which affords the boys an opportunity to see how
another Troop does it - with older boys and Scouts they know from school.
Well, this was a little lengthy, but most of my Scoutmaster's Minutes
tend to be too long also...
SM149, Cherrydale, VA
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