Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Introduction
Sun, 7 Feb 1999 20:13:12 EST
Good evening Scouters!
I'm just returning to the lists after a six month absence. To be honest, I
mostly a lurker in the past. I believe now, however, I have greater need of
collected expertise of the lists and have more reason to take advantage of
the knowledge available in this online roundtable.
I left Baltimore Area Council behind this past summer and now reside in
beautiful (and snowy at the moment) Stuttgart, Germany, where I work for
Uncle Sam at Headquarters, US European Command. I am now an active
(or perhaps overly active) Scouter in the Barbarossa District of TransAtlantic
My sons are both in Troop 324 here on Patch Barracks in Stuttgart. I'm a
committee member for the Troop. I am also the Assistant District Commissioner
for the Stuttgart area, with four Troops, three Packs, and one Venture Crew
located at various American installations here in the area.
Being an ADC here is definitely different than back in the states. Because
District is so wide-spread (about half of Germany), each area has to operate
independently in many ways. Therefore, we have our own monthly Roundtables
and also run our own Cub Scout Day Camp each summer. Of course, we also
have to do this in a busy military environment, where volunteers leave every
three years or so and many of them are deployed to such fun places as Bosnia
and Turkey with little or no notice. It's a challenge, but the folks here
My commute every month to the District meeting at Ramstein Air Base is 150
miles, one way. I'm glad it is tax deductible!
The benefits, however, are enormous! The only problem with Scouting in
especially for BSA units, is trying to find the time to do everything
do the normal Spring and Fall Camporees (the latter in conjunction with German
Scouts) and we conduct out Klondike Derby each January in the heart of the
Alps at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre! Each Thanksgiving, the
has a special deal for the long weekend at Disneyland Paris. In the spring,
Intercamp, involving several thousand Scouts from nations all over Europe for
weekend. I could go on and on telling you about the amazing things they are
here in TransAtlantic Council. I'm VERY happy I decided to come here.
In fact, the only real problem I've notice here in TAC is that we just don't
enough ANTELOPES among the leaders! The only other active Antelope in the
council was thrilled to meet me!
Well, that's enough about me. I'll be looking forward to joining in the
and learning more to help me in my jobs here!
ADC - Stuttgart Area, Barbarossa District, TransAtlantic Council
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I used to be an Antelope, NE IV-88
Father of one Eagle, trying to raise another