Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 25 Jun 1997 23:33:30 -0400
By fearlessly going out on a limb and seeking out resources across the
net, you've shown several of the key ingredients in successful
leadership; e.g., recognizing the need for group participation, seeking
out resources, innovation, and creativity. This marks you as quality
Eagle candidate and I have no doubt that you will succeed in completing
your Eagle project and will have something to be proud of in years to come.
Speaking of resources on the net, you might want to try out the DejaNews
archives from UsenetNews at http://www.dejanews.com and use search terms
like railroad restoration and you'll find several news groups where folks
from California are involved in historical railroading. Chances are that
if you post to some of these groups and ask for help you'll get some
volunteers, who do this as a hobby and who'd like to share their
interests. You can read the postings and decide which ones are good bets.
Don't be afraid to recruit adults, friends from school, or anyone else
that might be able to help. There is no requirement that all your
helpers be Scouts.
Please write to Scouts-L again as things progress and let us know how
your project is going and what's happening.
Once you have succeeded, don't forget to have plenty of pictures taken
and to make sure that news media sources are invited to see the results.
It can only help to get a little publicity for what you are doing and
Scouting in general. It would be neat to have a feature story about what
Maybe you might want to write to John Jakes the author of California Gold
and ask him to tell a little about the history of railroads as they
related to the growth of orange groves in the Riverside area 100 years
ago. Many would argue that these box cars are symbols of California's
second gold rush at the turn of the last century. He'd draw a good crowd
to be sure and it could be fun.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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