Help Build A Scouts-L Scrapbook!
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 23:37:37 -0400
Brothers and Sisters in Scouting, Guiding, and Youth Serving Orgs,
Come, gather around this virtual campfire and sit for a moment gazing
into the flickering firelight imagining the scent of woodsmoke and the
crackle of flame. Ponder with me a moment in goodwill upon these thoughts:
For nearly ninety years it has been a custom in the Scouting movement for
all Scouts to gather together around the campfire after a period of
activity to take rest, warmth, and comfort in sharing stories, humor,
songs, and ideas. Likewise as the fire burned low, it has also been a
tradition that honor would be paid to Scouts and Scouters in recognition
of service, achievements, and acts of special merit. For many around the
council ring this fellowship would create lasting bonds of friendship and
memories that lasted a lifetime.
In that tradition we have used this electronic medium to gather daily
from points all around the globe to share stories, humor, songs, ideas
and much more. From our associations here we have in many cases
developed bonds of friendship that wouldn't have been possible before. We
have found opportunities to help each other across great distances. We
have taken comfort from each other in times of difficulty and laughed at
humorous anctedotes and argued about how best to live the ideals we seek
to impart through Scouting. Who among our band has not broken into a
wide grin, shead a tear, laughed out loud, thumped the keyboard with set
determination, or taken an idea while reading a posting to Scouts-L?
We have been fortunate to share these times together each day only
because one of our number has been selfless in his devotion to the ideals
we propound. Tonight as I write these words, he is on a trail at
Philmont with his Scouts under the star studded heavens giving more of
his time and talents to help. That Scouter is our listowner, Jon Eidson,
who has for several years been our host and good friend.
It is only because of this dedicated Scouter that we have this virtual
place to gather as around a campfire in fellowship.
It seems only right that we should in the tradition of a Scouting
campfire take some time to honor Jon for all that he has done and will
continue to do in the service of Scouting when he returns from Philmont
on June 29.
There are many ways of being honored, but perhaps one of the best is to
receive a scrapbook of memories shared and warm thoughts. And here we
can do this via the Scouts-L list each contributing to the scrapbook.
My proposal is this:
Lets declare a "cease-fire" on all ongoing discussions effective on noon
Saturday Pacific time lasting until Tuesday morning.
On Sunday and Monday, all postings should be "Scrapbook" postings along
the following lines:
1. A favorite Scouts-L experience or memory
2. A story about friendships developed as a result of Scouts-L
3. Things that have been learned as a result of Scouts-L
4. How discussions on Scouts-L have benefited local Scouts and Guides
5. What you've enjoyed most about Scouts-L
6. Other memories, experiences, and the like related to Scouts-L
with the idea that each member should only submit one posting and that we
should refrain from commenting on each other's postings until Tuesday.
Thus on his return on Sunday, Jon would find a growing virtual scrapbook
of memories and warm thoughts shared from all around our campfire as our
way of saying thanks and giving honor.
And in the process of giving this gift we may also find much for
reflection ourselves and a chance to share in a special way.
Thank you my brothers and sisters for listening with open hearts and kind
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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