John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 12:58:19 -0500
Having to leave for Webelos Resident Camp tonight (Friday 6/27)
I have set mail to digest, I will miss the ongoing message
traffic but I will get back to it on 7/7.
Having been involved in this "electronic roundtable" or
"virtual campfire" for the last few years, I have picked
up tons of material for just about everything in Scouting.
Case in point is the material that I used from here with
tag lines for the NE-1B Section Conclave.
The Broken Arrow ceremony was on disc and paper, we
performed it during the training session, then passed it out!
The different kinds of 'transition' ceremonies,
like youth to adult were 'borrowed' from a Wood Badge
beading ceremony found here several years ago.
I am going to Webelos Resident Camp with numerous
examples of new and recycled ideas. We are going to do
a flag retirement ceremony for a campfire close.
We are going to do a 'Swamp-thing Walk'. We are going
to put kids in bubbles and Tipis and play with our marbles.
By the way, the 'Cubmaster'
for the week is the Treasure Valley Cub Scout Coordinator,
Jason Kuder. He "works" as the NE-1B Section Chief.
He wanted to take the rest of the summer off in order to get
ready for the Jambo97 Service Corps. Jay is the JVC for this.
The best thing has been the friendships that have developed
and the opportunity to meet the individuals at events;
Akela Calls, Section Conclaves, Wood Badge Courses/Reunion,
NOAC, etc. It is really a "kick" to be on vacation
and drop in on an friend from the 'net, and then spend
a couple of hours talking and trading paper/ideas.
It is especially interesting to attend an event (NLS,
NOAC, STS, Powwows) and be greeted with smiles, handshakes,
and "... and you're Jay Bemis, I know your wife [from AOL]".
In case of Cub Scout Wood Badgers, hugs!
By the way, my wife Jan (RndTblJan) keeps up with
Scouts-l from AOL. Some of you may have seen the Shadetree
activity on weekends and the monthly (Third Thursday)
AOL Cub Scout Round Table. Some events are more intesting
because of the participants from Scouts-l! I keep track of my
friends from NE CS-48 and NE I-140/163/176/183.
Are you interested on going to a really good 'awesome'
training event? Let me tell you about Wood Badge ....
One of my observations from starting a list of names for the
1992 NOAC was its evolution into the spin-off Arrow-l.
In preparation for the 1992 NOAC, the NOAC attendees
began talking, then planning a get-together. Mike Walton
had produced the 'Internet Lodge' flap and it was a great
success. I decided to put together a list of interested
Not knowing the campus at Purdue, we discovered a 'resource'
who suggested that we use one of the fountains.
We gathered the list of names and we were off for the event!
Needless to say, the NOAC/Scouts-l event went off at the
"washing machine" fountain. Mike Walton acted as the
moderator for the discussion group that evening.
Mike hosted the event because of his shy and retiring nature (gr:)).
As a note, that was my Lodge in the fountain water.
We also discovered a lot of Arrowmen that wanted to go to the
NOAC but could not. Discussions kept 'breaking' out on OA issues.
These discussions began taking a large amount of bandwidth.
The also centered on material that was "safeguarded" meaning the
OA ceremonies. Enter Jon with the suggestion that we take the
list and start a spin off. Because of the material being
discussed it also needed an administrator who would screen
the would-be particpants. After a rocky start, the Arrow-l
operation was up and running. It has now spun itself into a
Brotherhood and Vigil variations. Jon was instrumental in
getting resources and interested parties together to make the
Jon, thank you for all your hard work and especially your time!
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