Jamboree97 Conservation Trail Ideas Needed
Bill Schoonmaker (bill.schoonmaker@NMDHQMAIL.ER.USGS.GOV)
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 13:14:54 EST
Greetings, Fellow Scouters!
Occasionally, clean living does have its rewards. Specifically, my day job
and Scouting appear to be converging, at least for some small part.
Day job is with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Mapping Division
(NMD) - we are the people who make topo maps. Scouting is with a great
troop, T893 in Centreville, VA - advancement ASM, hiking leader, merit badges
counselor, Philmont 96 co-leader; and unit commissioner for P717 and T717.
Also occasionally I teach map reading and earth science for GSA troops. The
girls are great; they will even laugh at my corny jokes!
The convergence is that USGS and other earth science organizations
participate in BSA's National Jamborees on the Conservation Trail. I worked
part time at the USGS section at Jambo 87 and 93 where scouts did some hands-
on activities and earned a conservation patch (I believe). Now I have the
opportunity to influence (a little, at least) what the USGS/NMD does for
Here is where I need your help. Map-type ideas are strongly desired. What
was good on the Conservation Trail at previous Jamborees? What do you think
scouts would like at Jambo97? Emphasize map reading? Digital mapping?
Global positioning systems?
Please ask your scouts and scouters that have been to previous Jamborees what
was good and/or bad re the USGS on Conservation Trail. Ask anyone for ideas
and opinions. Private e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) is fine or post to
the list if you think your reply is of general interest. TIA.
YIS, Bill Schoonmaker (Don't have a fancy signature block)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City