Death of Jeff Clark, Injuries to Scouts
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 02:17:24 -0400
The impact of the tragic accident in Fox River Grove didn't really hit me
until I read USA Today earlier today and learned that Jeff Clark had just
completed his Eagle Scout the night before his death. I finished reading
the story in stunned silence with tears.
Whether from near as are you and Kathie or farther away as I am here in
Virginia, each of us feels a sense of loss when we learn of such a tragedy
and as people committed to helping youth, we all can feel the suffering of
the family of Jeff Clark and the pain of the other parents as they struggle
with their losses or the injuries of their children.
As we sit around this virtual campfire may we all take just a moment each
in his/her own way to join in prayers to ask that Jeff's and each
of the other families be conforted in this time of loss and sorrow and
for the speedy recovery and healing of those who were injured. And
perhaps in Scouting tradition we could in spirit join in a round of the
first three verses of Kum By Ya (Kum By Ya, Crying, Praying).
And as we file away from the virtual campfire, we can take some solace
in knowing that in his life, Jeff exemplified the best in Scouting.
If it would be of comfort to the family, please be aware that Jeff's
Eagle can still be forwarded to National and upon approval of the Board,
the award can be presented posthumously to the family.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City