scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Late introduction
Daniel D. Williams (ddwriter@SEMO.NET
Sat Apr 29 2000 - 23:22:00 CDT
OK, so Mike's Boxes of Binders post got to me and prompted me to
action. I have been semi-active on this list for about four months and
haven't posted an introduction, so here goes.
My name is Daniel D. Williams, I am 40, married with one son that, as
soon as he finishes the merit badge portion, will have achieved Star
rank. I have been active in Scouting on and off since 1972 when I
originally joined Scouting myself (achieving Star rank). My next stint
was as an Assistant Scoutmaster just north of Chicago for a year until I
got transferred by the US Navy.
I rejoined as a Committee Member for my son's Pack in 1995, then took a
leave of absence for personal reasons, returning in 1998 as a Unit
Commissioner for Sioux District, Greater St. Louis Area Council. In May
of 1999, I took over as the Committee chairman for my son's Troop and
the associated Pack (380 - Doniphan, MO), and in January of 2000, became
our District's first ever Assistant District Commissioner of Special
Needs. As a member of the Commissioners Staff, I also serve
bi-laterally on the District Committee as the Camping Chairman and a
member of both the Promotional Staff and the Training Staff.
My training includes Boy Scout BLT, Cub Scout BLT (Cubmaster's course,
which I now teach), Venture/Explorer Leader Basic, Unit Commissioner
Training, and Assistant District Commissioner Training. I attended one
Cub Leaders Pow Wow, and have served as an instructor at one Pow Wow. I
serve on the Council Camping Committee and the Council Special Needs
Staff. I attended, though did not complete (health reasons do to
extreme heat) Wood Badge Course C-41L-99 as a Rowdy Regal Raven, and I
will be repeating the course this fall with C-39-00.
I will also be returning to college this fall to finish a Bachelor's in
Business with a minor in Psychology with the goal of becoming a Scouting
Professional upon my graduation in May of 2003. Fortunately, I already
have the support of several DEs, a few Senior DEs, and at least one
Scout Executive in this venture.
To date, I have received nine Appreciation Awards (six unit, one
Council, and two for assisting Day Camp Staff), one District Recruiting
Award (1999 School Night for Scouting by assisting in a 23.4% increase
in youth membership. I did fourteen school visits in five days.), the
Commissioner's Arrowhead Award, the Cub Scouter Knot, I am currently one
year of service away from my Scouter's Key, and have received two other
I am the first to admit that I don't know everything about Scouting, and
I don't mind it too much if someone tells me I have something wrong, or
that they do it differently, as long as they do it politely. I have a
lot to learn yet, and some of that knowledge will only come with further
experience. However, in the short time I have been involved in
Scouting, I have learned a lot and am more than willing to share
anything I have learned or experienced with any of you.
Thanks for having this list available.