It's all greek...and Scoutmaster Fundamentals
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Tue, 3 Oct 1995 10:16:43 EST
Just a note to close the above loop. My electronic mail system was
defaulting to the symbols font. It was a local problem. I wouldn't
have bothered the list with it, except I didn't know how to reach Jon
privately. Sorry for taking up bandwidth.
On a more relevant-to-this-list topic, I just got back from
Scoutmaster Fundamentals this weekend. It was a blast! I told my
wife before I went that I was skeptical that I'd learn anything out of
the camping trip, as I've been backpacking for 35 years. Boy...the
next time I even think such a thought, I'll keep it to myself and go
lie down until the feeling passes. There wasn't a class I didn't
learn something out of. I picked up several knots I hadn't learned
before, and we talked about the great groundcloth debate. Virtually
all of us in the GW district are confirmed "outies", although a lot of
us put something down inside the tent as well. The point is as much
to protect the tent floor as to keep dry. Also, my ASM made a
pineapple upside down cake in a dutch oven to die for; we had staff
coming over trying to mooch pieces. I learned some stuff about low
impact camping that I hadn't even considered before.
I also was highly embarrassed by my mediocre compass work. We did the
compass game, I was the azimuth-shooter, and we ended up 14 feet off
:<(. Not the worst, though--one patrol was off by a whopping 44 feet!
But the best three were only 2 feet off. Anyway, it was a very
worthwhile weekend just for the outdoor stuff.
However, the reflections period was quite helpful as well. Each
patrol spent a couple of hours after supper Saturday night talking
over knotty problems we all face as scouters, like boys sneaking beer
or playboys on camping trips, difficult parents, ADHD kids, etc. Then
on Sunday morning we talked about the problems as a troop for a couple
of hours. Very worthwhile.
I also made a bunch of friends, and experienced a "blast from the
past". It seems our patrol leader, one John Lane, casually mentioned
that he used to be in a now-defunct local troop, troop 602, at Hammond
HS in Alexandria. This 60s-era troop used to be one of the biggest
units in the city, and my own troop (troop 113) used to view them as
arch-rivals at camporees, OA functions, etc. Several of us were
friends with the SPL, one "Skip" Lane. Well, I said to John, "are you
by any chance related to Skip Lane?" He laughed, and said, "Heck,
he's my older brother!" Well, we talked for a long time, shared
Anyway, when we left, we asked him to tell Skip the boys from troop
113 were still on his case! It's amazing how you run into people.
I've also taken the plunge and applied for woodbadge, Fall 1996 course
here in the NCAC. So, in a couple of years, I expect I'll
used-to-be-a woodland creature too!
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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