Re: Historic Trails
Carol Breuer (CBreuer@VINES.COLOSTATE.EDU)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 09:05:21 MDT
Jason Cruse, Denver, CO, wrote:
>In the past couple of months, my boys have consistently made an effort
>to work on the Historic Trails Award. They have contacted tw or three
>different historical societies in small areas around Colorado. They
>were told originally that the societies were anxious for their help,
>because no scouts had ever worked for them before (thereby eliminating
>any "bad examples" set by other scouts).
>Each time, they were told the same thing: you may camp on our site, you
>may use our trails, you may help restore some of our things on Saturday
>to prepare them for display, and we will provide all of the equipment
>and instruction you need. Thank you for volunteering.
>Each time, the Tuesday before we were supposed to go camping, we
>received the same phone call (mind you, these are different groups each
>time): We have changed our minds. You may NOT camp on our site
It sounds like they talked to someone who has had some bad experiences with
Scouts along the line. I find this very disappointing, because these
organizations are missing out on some good help without even giving the
Scouts a chance. Unfortunately it also makes it hard to teach Scouts about
giving community service, when their offers of service are turned down.
Here in Longs Peak Council (just north of Denver Area Council and stretching
into Nebraska and Wyoming) many of our troops participate in tree planting at
Fort Robinson State Park in northwestern Nebraska in early April and have the
opportunity to earn their Historic Trails Award there. About 9-10 years ago
there was a devasting forest fire that burned much of the park area around
the old fort. Some of the local troops responded by offering to help the
Parks people replant trees in an effort to shorten the recovery time.
This was 8 years ago, and has grown into an annual effort involving more than
1500-1800 scouts in planting about 100,000 young trees. Troops come from all
over our council, plus some from South Dakota and central Nebraska, camp from
Friday night through Sunday in a Park campground that is part of the original
fort site. Saturday morning they plant trees as their service project, and
have time in the afternoon to visit the Fort Robinson Historic Museum and
tour the fort grounds, where some of the original officers quarters built in
1874 still stand, as some replicas of other buildings that have been rebuilt.
If the Scouts make the effort to learn about Fort Robinson, it's not hard for
them to get enough to write up a short report to get their Historic Trails
Award. It is also a great camporee-type event, and one of the few times when
troops from all over our wide-spread council have a chance to get together.
For the adults, there is a get-together Saturday evening, hosted by our
council Wood Badgers, for fun and fellowship with a little recruiting thrown
in. It is a super time for Wood Badge patrols to get together again, and for
leaders that might be considering Wood Badge to get some information, ask
questions, and see some of the fun and spirit involved.
This year the Tree Plant is scheduled for April 4-6, 1997. If there are
troops in surrounding councils that might be interested in this activity,
email me at email@example.com and I will get more information as
it is available.
Carol Breuer, Fort Collins, CO
Asst. District Commissioner
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