Bragging JR. Leadership Training & a life
Deb Williams, CPA (DEBW@VTVM1.CC.VT.EDU)
Mon, 26 Jun 1995 08:44:04 EDT
From: Deb Williams, CPA
Controller's Office: Interim Manager of General Accounting
Virginia Tech 201 Southgate Center 0312 (703) 231-8556
Ken & I can't contain ourselves. We just have to take a moment of bandwidth
to brag. Our eldest son, Adam attended Jr. Leadership Training (Foxfire, here)
this past week. He is Star rank and 13 (I know he's young folks, I just can't
reign him in).
Adam is LDS, so I guess that makes him pretty sheltered. He has been taught
that off color jokes are wrong, profanity is always inappropriate, and that
his parents love him very much. Adam found himself the only LDS boy in camp.
There were nearly 60 boys taking JLT this year so you have to add staff &
adults. Adam found 3 boys in his patrol that felt the same as he did about
keeping the finer points of the Scout Law.
Shortly after camp began, he was very grateful to have been showering when
several boys in his patrol decided to do a grand fire and "stole gas from
a container" to add to its grandness. No fireman chip for those boys.
Adam was terribly homesick. He hiked the mile to the phone daily to contact
us. Even though he would cry (really had us worried since this child seldom
ever cries) he was determined that he would stick it out.
He had some of his candy horde stolen, $5 stolen, and found out that none of
the other boys in his patrol liked their parents (perhaps unfortunate boasting
on their part). Of his two compatriots, one boy did love his dad, who was
there as an adult leader and had lost his mom just months ago. The other
boy didn't think his parents loved him.
Part of JLT is an overnight campout and hike. As the hike progressed, Adam
noticed that his tentmate was experiencing difficulty breathing and was in
great pain. He tried to get the other boys to turn back; they refused. He
tried to get one other boy to go back with them to camp; they refused. Adam
chose to take the boy back. Upon arrival in camp the boy was sent to the
hospital, where the determination was made that the child had exercise
induced asthma and, had he continued the hike, would have most likely died.
The boy was kept in the hospital for about 4 hours and then brought back
to camp. This was the child that didn't think his parents loved him...BTW
they didn't come to the hospital to see him.
Adam was the only boy in his patrol to earn all 7 of his beads. As he has
reflected over his training this weekend he commented to us that he was glad
he went. He said he learned a lot, not just skills, but a lot about people.
He said he's glad he loves his parents & they love him, too.
Good job, Adam, our buttons are just bustin' off!
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