WOW! HOW TIME FLIES!
John T. Peeples (john.peeples@STJUDE.ORG)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 10:44:08 -0500
What happened to July? I can't believe that the month is almost over
already; but, as they say 'time flies when you're having fun' and FUN
is what we've had this month.
I guess my last post was before summer camp at the Kia Kima Scout
Reservation in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains - in my 10 years as a
Scouter at KKSR this has by far been the best! We had 19 boys in our
campsite - 16 from Troop 231 in West Memphis and 3 from Troop 72 in
Marion, Arkansas and 3 adults, plus our Junior Assistant Scoutmaster was
serving his second year on staff. These guys redefined SCOUT SPIRIT and
proved to one and all that they really have IT, receiving Honor Troop and
the "Most Outstanding Troop of the Week" award from the staff. Thirteen of
the 19 scouts participated in our Pioneers Program for new Scouts and 6
worked either in the High Adventure programs or Merit Badge classes. For
the first time in my memory we had three boys complete the BSA Mile Swim
and 3 youth and one adult were elected and called out for the Order of the
Arrow. As I've stated before a primary goal of the adult leadership for
this year is to build a strong, working Patrol method back into our Troop;
well, I happy to report that our patrols and their leaders did a GREAT job
at summer camp, the PLC met nightly and allowed the boys to plan *their*
program, skits, songs, activities and even resolve those unavoidable
personality conflicts that develop during a HOT, dry week at summer camp.
Sure the adults were there to guide, direct and plant a few program and
sprit seeds to motivate these young minds, but the BOYS did the work; THE
PATROL METHOD REALLY DOES WORK!
Like all good things summer camp had to come to an end and adults still
have to work for a living - well at least for one week - before directing
the District Cub Scout Day Camp. This was my second year directing our
day camp and even though this one was our smallest in four years, it was
still a great success. Again the success must be credited to the boys, we
had a handfull of really great dedicated Scouters and volunteer adults for
all the areas where adults were required, but is was the Scouts from
Troops 231, 5225 and 72 that really came to our rescue as Den Chiefs, Den
helpers, program helpers and those great all around gofers. Most of these
Scouts were back for their second year on staff and recruited friends to
join them this year. I know we needed more adult supervision; however,
these Scouts got a great experience in leadership of the young cubs. I
was told by several that their main complaint was "these kids just don't
listen!" - welcome to the club guys! All in all Day Camp was a lots of
fun, a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity for 'cheerful
service', I just hope that next year we can involve more cubs.
Well, its back to work here at St. Jude; I'm trying to read through a
mountain of e-mail, snail mail, memos and junk mail. I sure I'll find
threads from discussions I wish I could have contributed to in a more
timely fashion, but, I'll try not to beat any dead horses with delayed
I hope that all of you are having a GREAT scouting summer as we are here
at Troop and Pack 231 and the Crittenden District of the Chickasaw
John T. Peeples, Scoutmater Troop / Pack 231
First Presbyterian Church, West Memphis, Arkansas
DO YOUR BEST for others, expect the best FROM others; it really does work!
PS: To the guys from Atlanta looking for a place to stay during the week
of July 6th -- PLEASE FORGIVE ME; I thought I had it worked out for you to
stay in West Memphis on Thursday July 10th but between working for a
living, planning for summer camp and day camp somehow my wires got crossed
and in the end it all fell through. I hope things worked out okay for
your trip out west. Again, I *very sorry* for the mix up and hope we can
get together some other time.
The offer for a place to stop over at our Scout Hut in West Memphis (just
outside of downtown Memphis, TN) is still open to any Scout unit on the
road. Hopefully, this old mind of mine will get it right next time!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City