John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 20 Nov 1994 20:37:11 -0500
Here in our Council, Old North State, it is custom that twice a year we hold
an event called Merit Badge College. At this event, Scouts are able to work
with counselors on merit badges. In our district we concentrate on those
required for Eagle that cannot be earned at summercamp and generally require
lots of paperwork.
The first session of our Fall Merit Badge College was today. I taught
Personal Management. For those who are not involved with the BSA, this
deals mainly financial management.
But that is not why I am writing.
After I was done with my class and told the Scouts what they should work on
and do for next time, one of the Scouters in charge told me he had someone
he _had_ to introduce to me, knowing I am a patch trader. This Scout was
new to the area and was wearing a Transatlanctic Council patch -- the
council for American Scouts in Europe, the Mideast and North Africa.
We talked for a while about his Scouting experiences. His step-dad was
Royal Navy, his mom American. He was involved in an American troop in the
London Area and his first camp, as a Scout was at Gilwell.
We then talked a bit about patches. After a while he said, he knew someone
I should try to get in touch with. This man was an American and involved
with both the BSA and the British Scout Association. He knew him as
"Badger", and could not remember his name.
I then asked him, if by chance, this man was attached to Troop 401 and if
his name might be Ian Ford. He said, "Yes." He told me Badger has a white
beard, and apparently, is quite knowledgeable about patch collecting.
He asked how I knew him, since I told him I never met Ian. I told him, why
I participate in an computer forum that he writes to quite regularly.
Is this really you Ian?
What a small world we live in! Especially when it comes to Scouting.
I took down this young man's name and phone number. I cannot find it at the
moment, but his last name was Triplett.
I thought you all might find this interesting.
John E. Pannell
ASM Troop 39 -- Old North State Council
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