Re: Are We In It For Ourselves?
Fredrich Cruse (fcruse@NEMONET.COM)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 18:52:24 -0600
On 20 Feb 97 at 20:15, phillips wrote:
I don't get lost in the hills ehhm - just mislaid
I thought I might keep my reply lighthearted (but with a slightly serious
I have to admit that I could not wait for my boy to join the movement. He
joined Beavers and I took on the Scout Troop. Later my daughter joined the
Venture Scout Unit and at 19 is now a Leader. My son at 16 continues in
I, and my best friend, unashamedly admit that we are in the movement to
continue doing all the things we did as youngsters. We are hopefully, in
our second childhood, capable of appreciating things like Hill Walking,
Climbing and canoeing and not least camping far more than 30 years ago.
I also admit to the sin of pride when I see young people get a buzz out of
such activities. I also get a buzz when they reach 18 and invite me to the
pub for a drink.
My wife, bless her, also thinks I enjoy it more than the boys and girls.
The fact is Scouting has given me the opportunity to spend far more
"quality time" with my children than many other non scouter types. This
time spent has paid dividends for me. They are quite happy with my company
anywhere. How many other Dads can say that?
However I do see a point with the original article. But the folk mentioned
in it are thankfully not typical. And anyway if they did not exist we
would have to invent them!
Sidcup, Kent, UK
I know your feeling. I never got tired at Philmont (hiking
70+ miles for 10 days from 7,000 feet to 12,400 feet), I only took
picture breaks. <GG> :)
My last trip to Philmont on the trails was without my son (first 4 on
trail were with him) and it just wasn't the same. Scouting is a great
way to be close to your boys.
My wife (we went to WB in 1978, 1st couple to go to same course in US
North Central region, maybe in country) says that WB was one of the
best things we have ever done as a couple - in 30 years of marriage!
When I was a CD, she was my QM. Did better than the men!
Its great to be able to still act young, also.
Fredrich J. Cruse
Eagle - 1963; "We Give a Hoot" Owl, NC 342 -1978
Vigil - 1980 - Ahas Witatshlimolsin Gokos Nacha Newa Nesha
Great Rivers Council
World Jambo 1983; National Jambos 1985, 1989, 1993
"What we are, we are always becoming"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City