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Old 09-30-2013, 06:06 AM   #111
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I was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in the late 60s. Camped at Valley Forge in the snow and in the desert the next year in California. I was also a leader from 85 to 96. Did a bout as Den Leader, Webelos Leader and Assistant Scout Master. My sons went thru Cubs and my daughter was Girl Scout. Still love camping in a tent but prefer a hammock now for 'under the canvas camping'.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:29 PM   #112
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I'm an Eagle with 3 Palms from the late 80's and early 90's. Our troop was VERY active. We camped at least once a month all across Texas and had 2 "High Adventure" trips each Summer along with a regular Summer Camp. We did everything from attending the Summer Olympics in Atlanta to canoeing the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota to backpacking all over the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico to water skiing and fishing Lake Sam Rayburn. I've been to Philmont twice; once for a regular backpacking trek and a second time to attend National Junior Leadership Instructor Camp. My brother (also an Eagle) went through the same troop ahead of me. He's much older and was gone by the time I joined, so my dad got to witness and participate in two complete Boy Scout careers. He held virtually every leadership position available to the parent of a scout, and I held several different youth leadership positions over the years.

Needless to say, I'm somewhat well-versed in the ways of the outdoors. I'm quite an experienced backpacker and camper and I used to be almost as much at home in a tent as I was in my own living room. I had been out of the game for a while during and after college, so when I grew up and got married, I decided I wanted to get back into the outdoors. I grabbed all my gear, grabbed my wife, and off we went. We went backpacking exactly twice before she said "never again". Between her heat exhaustion, and the fact that we couldn't have had worse weather unless it had snowed (on both trips), I can't really blame her. Granted, in her perception, a "disastrous and miserable weekend out in the sticks" was a normal jaunt in the woods for me. At least we didn't get wet and were able to walk on a nice trail of decomposed granite, we didn't get injured, dehydrated or hungry, and all of our equipment worked flawlessly, what's not to like?!

And that is how we ended up with our Jayco. She said she would never go camping with me again unless she had a "solid roof" over her head and a warm dry place to sleep. So now that we're in a place in our lives where we can afford it, and our 28BHBE was my compromise to be able to get my "camping" fix. I know it's not really camping so much as RVing, but it's close enough for me!!
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:14 AM   #113
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I was a Brownie, a Girl Scout and a Cadet.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:43 PM   #114
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:50 PM   #115
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Cub Scout in the late 70's. Grew up overseas (missionaries kid) and most of my pack, and all of our leaders, were from the UK. Really confused them when it came time to memorize the national anthem because none of them knew the Star Spangled Banner.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:07 PM   #116
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Eagle Scout here from the late 80's. My son just got his Eagle in May of 2013. He is still active with the Troop and now the Venture Crew. I am still an Assistant Scoutmaster and Associate Advisor. We are both active in the Order of the Arrow also. I stepped upto the TT due to my sleep apnia and needing a CPAP at night to sleep.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:33 AM   #117
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I was a Cub Scout, then graduated to Webelos where I earned the Arrow of Light. I then moved on to Boy Scouts where I earned my Eagle in 1986 at the age of 14. So many memories of camping, hiking, patch trading, and late night snipe hunting. I also attended the National Scout Jamboree in 1985 at Fort A.P. Hill. Many, many, fond memories. Now I am the father of two young daughters, the oldest a former Girl Scout.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:23 AM   #118
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Great to see so many Scouters here! I`m Currently still SM and have 3 sons in the Troop ages 11-13.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:50 AM   #119
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I got my Friends Of Scouting ( fund raising ) packet in the mail today. If you have any extra... I'm sure a council near you could use it.

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Old 02-26-2014, 10:32 AM   #120
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I was a cub scout and boy scout from the late 70s to mid 80s. I can still remember the nasty smell of the canvas Baker's tents we had back then. Camp Karankawa near Mathis, TX was a great place to be as a kid but one of my most memorable camping trips was to Philmont.
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