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Old 07-19-2012, 09:10 PM   #29
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I'm sure that's an outstanding program! Sadly, it's never been an option anywhere I've been living, so I tend to forget about it. I hope it continues to grow so that option is available in more places.
If you couldn't tell, I get excited talking about Venturing! A few years back I like to think I played a substaintial role in turing around a young girls life. She was living with her Dad, had eating disorders, and was a cutter. Last I heard she was married with a child, on her second tour in the Army repairing Humvees. The program works.

I looked up Buffalo, Wyoming. You have 20 Venturing crews within 100 miles!
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:21 PM   #30
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If you couldn't tell, I get excited talking about Venturing! A few years back I like to think I played a substaintial role in turing around a young girls life. She was living with her Dad, had eating disorders, and was a cutter. Last I heard she was married with a child, on her second tour in the Army repairing Humvees. The program works.

I looked up Buffalo, Wyoming. You have 20 Venturing crews within 100 miles!
That's great Dan! You're doing good work. I was completely unaware of the Venturing crews in the region. I'll check them out. I guess I need to pay closer attention.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:30 PM   #31
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My mom pushed all 4 boys in my family to eagle. I became a scoutmaster for a while to give back some of the great experiences I had as a youth.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:48 AM   #34
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:26 PM   #36
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I was a Scout in England in my youth but my real scouting took place as adult leader, covering Beavers, then Cubs and finally as a Group Scout Leader. The training for adults was superb and I've carried so much of it into family life and, of course into camping, both under canvas and inside aluminium. Dyb, dyb dyb :~)
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:28 AM   #37
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I thoroughly enjoyed my Scouting years from Cub through Explorer. It was a family affair with all my siblings competing to see who could finish more badges and levels. We did the gamet from Eagle to OA, Philmont to Jamborees, and a ton of neat stuff in between. Despite the effort, no one finished getting all the merit badges available.

Among the better memories were an evening visit by all 7 original astronauts and a one-year scout master who excelled at 'sleepless night' ghost stories around the campfire. We did snowbound winter camping, summer sailing trips, and spelunking as well as learning how to lead pack animals into remote areas! Camping became ingrained!

Too bad it isn't a learning experience available to every youngster.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:39 PM   #38
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On my honor . . .

By giving your word, you are promising to be guided by the ideals of the Scout Oath.

. . . I will do my best . . .

Try hard to live up to the points of the Scout Oath. Measure your achievements against your own high standards and don't be influenced by peer pressure or what other people do.

. . . To do my duty to God . . .

Your family and religious leaders teach you about God and the ways you can serve. You do your duty to God by following the wisdom of those teachings every day and by respecting and defending the rights of others to practice their own beliefs.

. . . and my country . . .

Help keep the United States a strong and fair nation by learning about our system of government and your responsibilities as a citizen and future voter.

America is made up of countless families and communities. When you work to improve your community and your home, you are serving your country. Natural resources are another important part of America's heritage worthy of your efforts to understand, protect, and use wisely. What you do can make a real difference.

. . . and to obey the Scout Law; . . .

The twelve points of the Scout Law are guidelines that can lead you toward wise choices. When you obey the Scout Law, other people will respect you for the way you live, and you will respect yourself.

. . . To help other people at all times; . . .

There are many people who need you. Your cheerful smile and helping hand will ease the burden of many who need assistance. By helping out whenever possible, you are doing your part to make this a better world.

. . . To keep myself physically strong, . . .

Take care of your body so that it will serve you well for an entire lifetime. That means eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly to build strength and endurance. it also means avoiding harmful drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and anything else that can harm your health.

. . . mentally awake, . . .

Develop your mind both in the classroom and outside of school. Be curious about everything around you, and work hard to make the most of your abilities. With an inquiring attitude and the willingness to ask questions, you can learn much about the exciting world around you and your role in it.

. . . and morally straight.

To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs. The values you practice as a Scout will help you shape a life of virtue and self-reliance.
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I, too, was a cub, boy (Star) scout, and Explorer, and was OA and on the ceremonial team. I was fortunate enough to also be an American Scout in England (in the early 1960's) and worked at Camp Joy, the American Scout Camp at the Fonthill Abbey near Tisbury (Salisbury) for three summers, when my Dad was at RAF Bruntingthorpe and RAF South Ruislip. And, MrUKToad, I have wonderfull memories of English Scouts including Mr. Jack Beet who was one of B-P's Scouts, in his 70's then! I was first an assistant SM in 1970, and it was a great day to see my son become Eagle several years ago. When I hired people, seeing "Eagle Scout" on the resume' was a huge plus. Why? Because it is something a young man works toward over several years, a step at a time, from age 11 to age 14 or older (but no older than 18), and those two words tell another that this person had a goal, worked toward it, persevered in spite of "the fumes" (gasoline, perfume, etc.) of the teen years, and didn't quit.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:26 PM   #40
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Too bad it isn't a learning experience available to every youngster.
Hi, I was a Boy Scout for a few months; No Merit badges and only one camp out. We were poor and buying a brown shirt with the troop numbers on it was all we could afford. [I might have had a hat too, but don't really remember] Anything that cost money was out.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:53 PM   #41
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My wife was a beaver leader for the past 3 years and is now group chair.
I am now just "active parent"

Scouts Canada has been Very Very good to me.

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:43 PM   #42
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Yep, Cub, Boy, & Explorer. Great memories with lots of acquired skills / responsibilities.
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