Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 08:08:53 MDT
It's good to be back on scouts-l again. And, since some of you contacted me
asking more about our trip to Curacao, I thought I might give a brief report
to the list. We had a fantastic week!
I went with Troop 12 from here in Fort Collins (I just happen to be their
unit commissioner), and we spent a week as the guests of the Don Bosco Scout
Group on the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. They called it
the Curacao-Colorado Camp, and it was their summer camp. The emphasis was on
getting acquainted and sharing about our respective countries and Scouting.
We participated in their Curacao Flag Day celebration along with many of
their Scout units, went sightseeing to learn about the culture and history of
the island, had lots of fun swimming and snorkling at the beaches, shared
campfires and flag ceremonies with advancement recognition for both groups,
exchanged information and addresses, traded patches and uniform parts, and
left at the end of the week leaving new friends behind. And the best part is
that they are already working on plans to come to Colorado in 1997 to
complete the exchange.
One thing that I observed was that their scouts are very much like ours in
many ways, and in visiting with their leaders I found that their concerns are
also much like ours. Scouting is our common bond.
Someone asked how this all came about, and that is a neat story in itself.
It started when Regis Mercera came from Curacao to Fort Collins to finish
his degree in Engineering at Colorado State University. And since he had
been involved in Scouts in Curacao, he soon sought out a Scout troop in Fort
Collins to work with. He soon became friends with another assistant
scoutmaster, Art Gies, who was also on Wood Badge staff and recruited Regis
to go to Wood Badge in 1991. Since Regis was graduating and returning to
Curacao, he completed his ticket there, and his friend, Art, made the trip to
Curacao to present his beads. Art, now a scoutmaster, and Regis, being the
group leader, got the idea that it would be great for their respective scouts
to have the opportunity to meet and scout together. Out of this came the
idea for an exchange of visits, and after 2 years of planning and fund
raising, 14 scouts from Troop 12 with 9 adult leaders got to spend a week
sharing with the scouts and leaders of the Don Bosco Scout Group. It was the
experience of a lifetime!
Now it is back to the real world, and it took most of last week just to get
caught up at work. Now I am deep in preparation for Wood Badge staff, but I
wanted to share this with the list.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst District Commissisoner
. . . I used to be an eagle, NC-155
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