Re: New Zealand Scouters
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Mon, 7 Jul 1997 10:04:35 -0400
Your post caught my eye due to its timing. We have had a Japanese girl with
us since last August, and it has been a wonderful experience. Sadly, her
time with us ended just this morning. My son left for Philmont at 6:30 and
Mariko left for her secret AFS bus trip at 7:30. (The bus driver whispered
that they were going to Adams Center, NY. If any of you scouters in the
Empire State see a bus full of foreign students on the road, tell Mariko
we'll send her makeup, contact lens case, etc., to Japan!)
My son met up with the rest of his Philmont crew at 6:30. All of the guys
had been worried that he wouldn't make the weight limit, so he sure got a
lot of pats on the back. It sure is nice to see Scouts supporting each
other. Things got off to a rocky start when we got home and found he had
left ALL of his money in his room. Thank God for car phones.
Hope your son has a good time in New Zealand. The AFS program is a true
world wide gem. We have met so many wonderful young people in the past
year. Its incredible to sit around the dinner table with teenagers from
Japan, Uraguay, Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, etc. It taught us that
kids are the same the world over. They all have the same dreams, goals,
problems, and thirst for knowledge. We will treasure this past year
forever, and encourage all of you to host a student.
>My son is on a AFS student exchange trip to NZ. He is currently at the
>Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre, but will be staying with a
>host family in palmerston North for 4 weeks, beginning about July 19.
>He took a uniform shirt and patches to trade, and is interested in
>visiting a scout troop while there.
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CC, Troop 903 Boy Scout Training Coordinator
Recognition Dinner Chairman Dad
Of all the jobs I have, I like Dad the best.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City