Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: new member introduction
Re: new member introduction
Sat, 12 Jun 1999 22:39:39 -0700
Sounds like you have it made over there :o)
After 6 plus years on Okinawa, my sons and I came back to a "real council"
and while there's lots of fun still to be had...we sure do miss the overseas
experience and the chance to mingle with scouters from outside the BSA. One
of my best memories is a discussion one day with a sea scout skipper at the
SSA (Singapore Scout Association) scout shop. (Found it in the phone book
one day while staying in a hotel on Orchards Rd...elder son and I "forced"
to go check it out.) Prowling scout shops always a good time. Thailand is
a great source for silk neckerchiefs...lots of "different" doodads at the
Sing and Japanese shops.
For what it is worth...I imagined folks in the states were pretty lucky to
have all the help and resources available. And it is true, they do. On the
other hand I bet you've found what I used to call "do it yourself" scouting
to be a wonderful experience in its own right despite the constant turnover
and lack of staff help. We miss The Great Okinawa Council and all the
lashed together summer camps, the monsoons, the heat and humidity, taking
showers in uniform to cool off, lashing bamboo pioneering projects, sleeping
in hammocks because the ground was too hot...and flooded quickly when the
inevitable rain and winds came (jungle hooches, the kids called 'em),
backpacking on roads and never having to carry food because every village
had a "mom/pop" market with bentos to eat...with our chopsticks...beautiful
evening OA ceremonies in rocky coves along the East China Sea, the BSA/BSN
...and the feeling of being immersed in the World Scouting Movement.
Of course...both boys at Philmont this summer...one on staff the other in
Rayado. They go every year. "do it yourself" scouting taught 'em to
appreciate the finer things in life. They've found a way to get to Philmont
every summer since we came back stateside.
Enjoy the ride...it just gets better all the time!
District Commissioner, Galaxy District
Alamo Area Council
"Used to be an Antelope..."
>Well, I was going to wait 'til after the summer, but I guess I was just
>feeling sorry for myself reading about all the help available from
>professional (and volunteer) Scouters--none of which I imagined
>existed. As a Direct Service Council, it SEEMS that all our requests,
>questions, and merchandise orders go through one incredibly understaffed
>and overworked office. So we've been feelin' kinda lonely over here....
>I WILL be asking for help now and then. There's still a lot I need to
>find out about. And we'd like to have more (any!) contact with some
>other Troop and/or Scouters out there, so if you're ever in the
>CC, Troop 07, Singapore