Ed Henderson (BigEdBSA@AOL.COM)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 16:07:37 -0500
I have been on board for a month now and have not introed myself so.....
I am Ed Henderson, Eagle Scout class of 1980, NESA (National Eagle Scout
Association) member. I joined Den 3 (can't remember the pack number to save
my life) in Whittier California. Earthquakes & Smog chased my parents back
to Griffin Georgia where my dad grew up before serving in the Navy. He had
been in scouting as a youth and had served as Scoutmaster out there for five
years before we came to Georgia in '72.
Anyway I joined Troop 12 in the Flint River Council in March of '74 and have
pretty much been here since (with time away for college & three years in
another Griffin Troop).
Since becoming an adult leader in 1982 my involvement has only increased.
I am a Buffalo patrol member of Woodbadge Course SR-32 (finally did it in '94
after years of being recruited), I am an admited BSA National Camp School
junkie. I just love it and hope to be asked to teach at one someday. Last
year I flew all the way to Denver just to go to BSA Camp Chaplain School,
spent the past five years as a Camp Program Director.
I am active in SOSSI (Scouts on Stamps Society International) which is a
Philatelic organization for Stamp Collectors who focus on scouting topics. In
the past 13 years I have organized and taught dozens of Stamp Collecting
Merit Badge clinics around my council.
I have at one time or another served in every position I can on the unit
level, Scoutmaster, Explorer Advisor, Asst, Committee Chairman, Scouting
Coordinator (back before they were called Chartered Reps.). I currently serve
as District Advancement Chairman (we are a busy one too with a 66 page Merit
Badge Counselor list and monthly newsletters and at least six Merit Badge
clinics a year. In my troop I keep all of the records (I finally got a CPA
dad to take over checkbook duties last December! and am Committee Chairman.
Biggest highlight of my adult career: Being able to award five Eagle Scout
awards at once while serving as Scoutmaster. Got the District Award of Merit
I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega (National Scouting Service Fraternity). Was
Lodge Secretary for four years (Ini-to Lodge 324). As we prepare to host the
conclave this spring I am advisor for newsletters and PR Advisor ((( NEED
HELP & IDEAS !!! ))) I am a Vigil member of our lodge (Indian Name Aminga,
which means BIG)
Last thing I should say is I love summer camp staff. I had a neat job which
is tied to the school year (self employed in college take one advertising).
That leaves my summers free to work at Camp. In the past 15 years I have
worked at five different camps in Georgia (except for two years when I worked
in Washington interning for now Speaker Gingrich and one year working with
I would love to hear from old staff members & campers at any of my camps
which include: Ben Hawlkins (Central GA Council '85, '86 '91), Pine Mountain
(Chattahoochee Council '92, Prog Dir.), Blue Heron (Coastal Empire Council
'93 Prog Dir.) Sidney Dew (N.E. GA Council '82), Camp Thunder (Flint River
Council) ''80, '83, 84, 87, 88, 90, 94 & back in '95! For '96 I would love
to work at a scout camp somewhere outside the Southeast (somewhere where we
don't get baked & flooded all summer).
Scouting is my number one joy in life. On an average week I find I am in my
uniform about 3 - 4 days a week, every day in the summer, and nearly 60% of
my weekends. I would just become a professional scouter but rumor has it
they don't have as much fun as us "volunteers" :)
Goals in Scouting: Convincing National BSA that we need a Chess Merit Badge
(I am active in the U.S. Chess Federation when I have time). Getting my
troop upto 40 scouts, somehow making 1995 camp even better than 1994. I am
an awful packrat and save nearly everything about scouting anyone has ever
given me. WANT TO TRADE CAMP PROGRAM IDEAS???
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City