Martin Webb (m-webb@NIMR.MRC.AC.UK)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 13:50:09 GMT
I have been on the list of this group for a few weeks and it is time
for an introduction, as seems the custom.
I am Scout Leader (equivalent to SM) of the 18th St Albans Scout
Troop. St Albans is a small city 30 km north of London, built on
the site of a Roman city and with a large, mainly medieval cathedral.
St Albans is in the administrative County of Hertfordshire, which
is also the name of the Scout County (eqivalent to BSA Council).
In England, Scouting is organized in Groups: ours (18th St Albans)
has two Beaver Colonies (6-8 years old), two Cub Scout packs (8 -
10), a Scout Troop (10-15) and a Venture Scout Unit (15-19). Mosts
kids stick with the same Group throughout their Scouting. Although
Groups can be mixed genderwise (a fairly new change), our
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are "boys only" at the moment Our
Venture unit is mixed. Like most Groups in this bit of England (but
not everywhere), we have our own building to meet in, be it ever
As for me, before I was a leader in St Albans, in England I was a cub
in Sutton Coldfield (3rd), a scout then leader in Birmingham (70th
KES), leader in Oxford (46th CCCS) and Bristol (18th). I have also
lived in the United States and was ASM at Troop 304 Belmont MA,
and ASM then SM of Troop 112 Swarthmore PA. We hiked many
parts of the Appalachian Trail and I had 5 Troop Summer Camps at
Resica Falls Scout Reservation in the Poconos. I retain a great interest
in the United States and in BSA activities etc. I also visit other parts
of Europe than this island and so have an interest in Scouting in other
countries. I help (informally) with one of our Cub Packs. and so keep
in touch with what's what in Cub Scouting.
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