Gregory F. Smith (gregs@VALLEY-INTERNET.NET)
Fri, 23 Feb 1996 07:39:26 -0800
I guess it is about time that I posted an Introduction message to this list
since I have been quietly reading all the other messages that are being posted.
My name is Gregory F. Smith. I have been in the scouting program since I
was a bobcat and have continued to be an active participant until 1993.
As a youth I achieved the rank of life and completed all of the requirements
for eagle, except for the the board of review. I did not get the chance to
have a board of review as I joined the Marine Corps two days out of high
school in 1981.
As an adult Leader I have served in may different positions. I started out
in the Far East Council (Okinawa District) as a Scoutmaster and Cubmaster.
Also during this time I acted as an official liaison for the Boy Scouts of
America with the Boy Scouts of Nippon. This was a real treat for me as I
learned more about the Nippon Scouting Program.
While in the Far East Council I became an OA Member, attended Scout Leader
Basic Training, Cub Scout Leader Basic Training, Pow Wow Training and Train
the Trainer Training program. I also had the opportunity to attend one of
the best woodbadge courses that can be given. Even better than the ones
offered in the States.
The reason I say this is because of the diversity and knowledge of the
participants and other Adult Volunteers at this course. Let me digress for
a minute. My course (W3-803-85) was held in mainland Japan and an old ammo
dump used during WWII called Camp Tama. The participants in my patrol were
from Africa, Korea, Great Britan, Japan and the United States. While all
were involved in the Boy Scouts of America they were also involved in the
Scouting Organizations from the native countries.
Upon moving back to the California Area (Nevada Area Council) I continued my
volunteering with the scouts. I served in the positions of Scoutmaster,
Webelos Leader and Cubmaster before moving up to be a Unit Commissioner.
This volunteer service was extremely difficult as I was stationed at a small
Marine Base located near Bridgeport, California (90 miles southwest of
Carson City, NV). As I got more and more involved in the scouting program
in this council I found my self traveling about 180-230 miles per night for
about 4 nights per week to attend District, Council and Unit Meetings. In
fact during these five years I was audited by the IRS for claiming the
mileage on my tax returns. It stood up to their scrutiny, but they could
not believe the amount of miles I traveled. Thank goodness for pen and paper.
I left the Marine Corps in 1988 and moved to Lewiston, ID where I joined up
with the Lewis-Clark Council, now called the Inland Northwest Council. I
continued to serve as a Unit Commissioner until the reorganization in 1992.
I then left the program to continue my schooling and start a family in 1993.
I just recently graduation and received my certification in Secondary
Education and registered as a Unit Commissioner Again. I have decided not
to become a unit leader until my son starts going through the program.
I have worked in many summer camps in the Far East Council, Nevada Area
Council, Silverado Council and Lewis Clark Council. This year I have
applied for the Program Director Position with the Inland Northwest Council.
Well, it is quite a long message. If I can help anyone with anything please
don't hesitate to contact me via the list or at my private email address.
( .. )
Gregory F. Smith email@example.com
Unit Commissioner good ol "Eagle" too...
W3-803-85 WWW Anatschiton
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