Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Neckerchief Slides
Re: Neckerchief Slides
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 12:10:25 -0600
Dale Karweik wrote:
but I am a slide carver. Are there
>more of us out there? I was beginning to believe we were a dying breed.
Dale, et al:
Yes, I think we are a dying breed.....one of the gentle passtimes that
seems to have faded in the "rush-around lifestyle". And too bad for our
boys. I have always found carving or just plain whittlin' a stick to be
quite relaxing and to really carve a nice piece to be immediately
I try to promote carving....especially at summer camp but all during the
year as well. I keep two large standing tool chests, loaded with all types
of woodworking and craft equipment at our scout cabin. I probably have
40-50 carving knives in it. Last summer at camp, we made several Native
American flutes. I was taught by an Amerindian who was on the staff and
passed the skill on to my fellow scouters and the scouts. We also have a
competition at camp for the carving of boats. There's a little stream that
runs right in back of our campsite and we have a "race". We then have the
campsite commissioners in to judge for "best design", "best carving", etc.
The trophies are home made arrows that one of ourleaders makes....knapps
the flint right on the spot!
Aw, now you've got me bragging on my troop again!....<g>
But yes Dale, I do think scouts AND scouters are missing a whole lot of
wonderful time spent by yourself if they don't carve or whittle every once
in a while.
I just had a boy who is now about 22 come by a meeting and tell me how much
it meant to get that Eagle neckerchief slide. He told me that he had
looked forward to getting the slide in his ceremony almost as much as he
anticipated the Eagle medal. Did my heart good.
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
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Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
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