Klondike Derby/Foreign Scouts
Ellis Jacobs (EJJMS@CUNYVM.BITNET)
Fri, 18 Aug 1995 09:29:17 -0400
Just got back a week ago for summer camp with the troop and had a great time.
It has taken me this long to get out from under the pile of paperwork waiting f
or me at my office. We went to our council's high adventure camp in the Adiron
decks were the boys earned their 50 miler award via a canoe trip. In addition,
we climbed several mountains and hiked an additional 20-30 miles. The boys wo
rked on some merit badges, did rock climbing & rapelling, and water skiing. Al
l cooking was done in the camp sites by the patrol method. Despite the sometim
es hectic schedule (reminded me of Wood badge) the boys had a great time and le
arned alot about themselves and others. If anyone is looking for a great time
next summer checkout "FLOODWOOD SCOUT RESERVATION", contact Bergen Council BSA,
River Edge, NJ 212-342-8600
Now why I am sending this message. I have agreed to be in charge of our dis
trict's Klondike derby and can use any help/suggestions that anyone can provide
me. In particular I am looking for programming ideas that will hold the older
boys interest and make them want to come. Over the years we have been losing t
his group and the event has become more of a younger scouts program. We are th
inking about using a two-tier approach to the various challenges. Does anyone
have any experience with using this concept.
The second question I have is concerning some form of foreign scout exchange
program. Does anyone now about a program where scouts from a foreign country
(say Canada) spends time with a host troop in the USA one year, and then the ne
xt year the USA troop spends time with the Canda troop? My son has heard that
such a program exists and our Green Bar (Troop Leader Council) is interested i
n the idea and I told them I would try to get more info.
Thanks in advance for your aid in both these matters.
Ellis Jacobs, Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 171, Teaneck, NJ
Wood Badge NE III-123 "Back to Schiff" (I used to be an Owl...)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City