I am back.
Don Dunbar III (DDunbarIII@AOL.COM)
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 18:59:54 -0400
Hello again, I am safely back from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BCWA)
and returned all seven of our Venture Crew to their parents. I gave the crew
a goal, to complete the 50 miler award, the Crew planned our route, selected
menus (from our outfitter), prepared a duty roster, and completed the trip.
The total mileage was 77 miles on the water and 8 miles of portage. The
boys handled the challange admirably. At our 8/13/96 Court of Honor, the
crew members were awarded their 50 miler awards and will receive their canoe
camping pins as soon as the Scout shop restocks.
I had received some inquiries about the organization and operation of our
venture program. In the Brazos District - Sam Houston Council, there are
only two units operating in the Venture or Varsity Program. The LDS sponser
a Varsity Team, and our Troop has a Venture Crew.
To belong to our crew, a scout must be either 13 years old and a Life Scout,
or 15 and Star. The Scouts are also aware that they will need to be
profefficent in their skills and be able to keep the pace. During the canoe
trip, the boys were responsible for navigating. Portages are not marked on
the ground so map & compass skills were essential. The portages required the
boys (and leaders) to carry either a canoe or two packs. The boys were
prepared for these challanges.
The crew members are also required to participate in the crew fundraising
activities and in 75% of the troop activities including the regular summer
camp. This did not seem to be a problem for them, and it retains leadership
for the unit.
Out of time now, more latter.
Don Dunbar III ASM Venture Troop 1000
Used to be an Owl, and still plugging away on my ticket
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City