Another New Critter
Ronald W. Fox (us018956@POP3.INTERRAMP.COM)
Wed, 28 Aug 1996 19:32:26 PDT
Last weekend was the first for C-19-96 at Camp Lakota, near
Woodstock, Ill. (almost in Wisconsin). I am going to used to
be an Eagle! Our patrol has adopted a yell that our SPL
interpreted as "Eagles Soar!", until we pointed out to him
that the second word of our yell has alternative spellings....
The weekend was a lot of fun; the learning experience started
as soon as our patrol was introduced to each other and started on
our way to our campsite. The technique of combining instruction
in leadership techniques with an immediate requirement to apply
them in an outdoor and patrol setting is certainly unique!
It would certainly be difficult for someone not familiar with
working in a patrol setting to keep up with the course. It's
great to be in a patrol again. It's been 31 years since
Panther Patrol, Troop 33, Franklin, Mass., Old Colony Council.
We have attendees from the following Councils: Blackhawk,
Chicago Area, Northeastern Illinois, Northwestern Illinois,
Three Fires, and Des Plaines Valley (mine).
One of our Eagles ended up flying pretty low: she got way too
much sun and far too little water, but we're going to pull her
Another poster here commented that he was separated from everyone
he knew in his course. That may well have been deliberate, but
the intent likely is that this way you will have the benefit of
diverse points of view that you would not otherwise have. The
same thing has happened to me, and I definitely think it is for
We have 7 Eagles. Ages probably range from 23 to ~45 - 50. Six men,
one woman. The average experience level seems pretty high. Scoutcraft
skills are average overall, some quite high, one somewhat low. Looks
like I'm the songster. My biggest problem is racheting down my somewhat
agressive nature (i.e., keeping my big mouth shut) so that I get to know
everyone else better and so that everyone gets an equal chance to speak.
I'm getting a strong appreciation that my main job in starting my new
Troop is going to be training my new leaders. I'll probably have to
run the one-day Junior Leader course 2 or 3 times during the first year.
Hopefully I'll get good at it.
Anybody with suggestions for ticket items is welcome to comment!
Cubmaster, Pack 69
As of 2/97, Scoutmaster, Troop 69
Des Plaines Valley Coucil
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