Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Older Scouters
Re: Older Scouters
Mon, 9 Aug 1999 21:45:23 -0400
Michael A. Gleim wrote:
> One of our District Scoutmasters is an older Scouter. He's
> generally perceived as a crotchety, out-of-step fossil. But
> the fact is, he's played an important role in the District,
> and still does. Like the scouter in the original post, he's
> earned every service and training award there is.
I had the distinct pleasure of going on our council's 50
miler, held from 26 - 31 Dec, with a gentleman like this.
He had to be in his mid-60's. He was a retired AF Lt. Col.
aviator, who had completed several of the AF's survival schools. His son
was a Special Forces instructor at nearby Ft. Bragg, and his grandson
was in our troop at Pope AFB. Now, North Carolina is fairly temperate
during the winter, but it still gets chilly at times. The last day of
the hike was one of those miserable drizzling days that comes along
every now and then, and we did about 12 miles that day, with fairly
heavy packs. As a concession to his "advanced" years, his pack went on
ahead on one of the support jeeps, so when we pulled into camp, we found
a lean-to, made of a tarpaulin or ground cloth, with a reflector fire
about 5' in front of the lean-to, with a big pot of hot chocolate on for
the hikers. Our scouts got a chance to warm up, get some warm cocoa
into themselves before they set up their own tents and cooking fires.
He visited out troop meetings a couple of times after that,
and we all learned from him.
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