Charlie Thorpe (charlie2@RO.COM)
Sat, 17 Feb 1996 01:46:18 -0600
Hello Utah -
>...Reminds me of the Scout who had his Eagle presentation at Florida SeaBase.
>Being over 1,000 miles from his home, not many of the locals were in
>attendance, including his parents. To each his own...
We had a neat kid in our Troop who decided that he wanted his Eagle COH to
be part of a week-long canoe trip we were planning (two states away). We
arranged with local Rangers to use an amphitheater in a (then) state park
at our mid-week resupply point on the river.
The Troop paddled hard so that we arrived early enough in the afternoon for
everybody to de-scum. Our resupply team had run all the Class A uniforms
(worn on the way out to the river) through some local laundromat and had
them waiting for us. The new Eagle's entire family (cars and cars full)
drove all the way out to the park. Our resupply folks got with the Eagle's
family and all had a fantastic picnic meal cooked and waiting for the
paddlers as they came out of the showers.
We ate until it hurt and then about dusk we all moved from the camping area
to the amphitheater. We had our traditional Eagle COH props stashed in one
of the resupply vehicles and a few luau lights took the place of the park
electric lighting. Rangers and tourists joined us and made a nice addition
to the fellowship felt by everyone. One of the Rangers even came forward
when all attending Eagles were asked to introduce themselves! Eagle and
family very much enjoyed the event.
The Eagle's family put on the traditional reception back in the campground.
The Scouts (and the mosquitoes) were hungry again by then so all ate well
<g>. We jumped back in the canoes the next morning and continued our trip.
We like to wear a Class B uniform during a trip like that, but at least
one Scout was tempted to wear his Class A shirt every chance he got...his
mom sewed his new Eagle Award on it during the night <g>.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City