Nathan Mann (ndmann@TACL.DNET.GE.COM)
Tue, 1 Jul 1997 11:48:18 -0400
What a great list!
Here I have found so many nuggets...
o Ways to work with a WEBELOES den, when I was recruted to fill in after the
kid's den leader had had enough after 4 years with them.... and neither of my
boys were in that group of 10!
My Den Chief went on to Eagle...
Three boys from that group made Eagle
(One in a different troop)
Two are still active and working the trail
o How to run a Pinewood Derby
(Keep it SIMPLE, Make it FUN, Involve EVERYONE - throw away the electronics)
at the PACK level for several, District, and Council twice
How hard it is to step back and let another take over and stumble...
o How to keep one's sanity as Assistant Cubmaster with 80 - 110 cubs
(what needs to be done, what can/should be done by others)
o How to keep Den Leader's sane when Cubmaster
Ways to say thanks, ways to listen, ways to approach situations
o Ideas for running a Cub-o-Ree and scout Skill-o-Ree
from PATCH companies to different skill challanges to pat-on-the-back items
And thanks for the ray of sun that found the ampitheater after the downpour
o Ideas for sessions in Cub Daycamp; as program director twice
Ice Cream making in the woods,
2-liter rockets launching Egglians
o Scanning my own SCOUTS-L archives (I keep them all!) for the collective
thoughts on Boy Scout retention past age 14+ when gas & girls turn heads...
Putting together our troop's High Adventure program
Revising, reviewing, and reliving my youth as ASM - Venture Scouting
With 15 - 20 older scouts to guide, some I've known since kindergarden
Trying to connect to X-ski in Muskeegon - Thanks G.R.Ford council scouters
Shortly to 50mi canoe in Canada - Thanks all for the tips on Canada
as well as places to stay (or visit)
o Discovering other scouters online who enjoy Buckner Cave as much as we do!
Hi Milt Forsburg - hope you're enjoying camp this week!
o Sharing the challanges of a scout facing cancer, and his ASM dad.
Your email, cards and letters eased Chris's 2 1/2 year struggle
He lived for scouting; preferring campouts over hospitals to the end
planned and conducted his Eagle project from the bed...and reached his goal
o Read a story by a SCOUTS-L regular, about how as a young scout he'd had some
difficulties, and a scouter had aided him; it was in the great style I so
enjoy reading; Thanks to Mike Walton (Settummanque!) for mentioning that
scouter's name in your posting. We emailed to confirm identities; it was
the son (and now Council Executive of Crossroads of America Council), and
son of Troop 40's mentor (uncle to one of my venture scouts) that Mike
wrote of so well. I printed Mike posting and shared it with the scouter's
mother, as the troop and she mourned the loss of Jim Clabaugh. He made a
difference, he instilled values in his children and grandchildren that made
a difference and was reflected on SCOUTS-L. Mike, next time you visit
Camp Crooked Creek, there's a memorial facing campsite #6 to the father of
that scouter that helped you at the side of the road... late one night...
o The SCOUTS-L digests have been distributed at Cub Leader Roundtables for
a couple years, spreading thoughts beyond the electronic screen
Of all the discussion lists I use, SCOUTS-L is by far the most useful
and well read. Keep the computers on, the keyboards working, the coffee
flowing and discussions ongoing.
So many answers and ideas to explore!
(It's great to be 21... again)
Nate Mann - One eagle son and one well on the way
ASM T40 Venture Scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City