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Wed, 4 Feb 1998 18:37:35 -0700
"i used to be an Eagle"
Former 2nd ASM Jambo troop 516
SM troop 42, Orleans district
You failed to provide any information about what a "Primaree" is. What I
imagine it to be may be different than the reality but I am interested in
the idea of International involvement. I live near Canada and may be able
to use some of the ideas.
Could you elaborate on the concept for the list?
You must have started up on the list during the last two years. The old
timers who remember me would never ask me to "elaborate". ;-) You will
find a "short" summary about the Pimaree below:
The name of the Pimaree comes from the Pima Indians that lived in the
Sonora Desert areas of Mexico and Arizona. Since the event was developed
for Scouts in this area of the country and Pima Indians were a common
heritage of the areas on both sides of the border, this name was adopted
for this Scouting event. It has been going on, about every two years since
the early 60's and alternates between the Catalina Scout Council in Arizona
and the Mexican Boy Scout Association, State of Sonora Council as hosts.
It is hard to compare the Pimaree to another Scouting event, because I have
never experienced one like this. For your reference I have been registered
in Scouting for over 30 years, I have attended one National Jamboree as a
Scout and have served on Staff for two National Jamborees. I have also
attended one International Jamboree (III Pan-American Jamboree in Bogot4,
Colombia). I have been to an Order of the Arrow National Conference, Hiked
Philmont, taken a class at the Philmont training center, been on camp
staff, been to many, many Camporees, including those with Canada (I grew up
in the Detroit area) and one with Mexico (San Diego Council). I think you
get the idea.
So what makes this event different? It is longer than a Camporee (usually
a weekend), but not as long as a Jamboree (about 10 days). Both Camporee
and Jamboree type activities take place at Pimarees, yet it is really
neither. I really think it has to do with Scouts from two very different
cultures spending a week together in the SAME TROOP. A weekend is not long
enough to develop any bonds. This really takes about a week and that is
one of the things that makes the Pimaree different and exciting. Want to
find out more? Get some Scouts together and sign up a patrol!
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista
Catalina Council, Council Advancement Chairman
Committee Chairman, Pack 475
Water Safety Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross, Fort Huachuca Station
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City