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Old 08-25-2016, 09:08 PM   #161
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I joined Cub Scouts and quickly burned out on 'crafts'. Stayed out till I was 13 when my parents forced me to attend a meeting of Troop 67 in Atlanta. Seven new kids joined that night - and since I was the oldest the Scoutmaster decided I should be the patrol leader. I was hooked and stayed actively involved in scouting for the next 25 years.
Never made Eagle - I tried but given the required waiting periods between ranks, starting at almost 14 I just couldn't make it past Life by 18.
Served as Asst. Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, District Order of the Arrow adviser, Trainer. Led 5 trips to Philmont, 2 Jamborees and 3 National OA conferences and was awarded the Silver Beaver.
Then my job changed and so did my life. I started traveling internationally for work - being gone months at a time. I also had 2 girls who had NO interest in Girl Scouts. So I turned the Troop over to my Asst. SM and he's been running it for the last 25 years. Sadly, I never had time to get re-involved.

My experiences in Scouting, and especially at Philmont, quite literally changed my life in so many ways. I found God on the top of Tooth of Time Ridge - seriously. And I still have many friends from those great years in Scouting.
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Old 08-26-2016, 10:57 AM   #162
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I joined Cub Scouts and quickly burned out on 'crafts'. Stayed out till I was 13 when my parents forced me to attend a meeting of Troop 67 in Atlanta. Seven new kids joined that night - and since I was the oldest the Scoutmaster decided I should be the patrol leader. I was hooked and stayed actively involved in scouting for the next 25 years.
Never made Eagle - I tried but given the required waiting periods between ranks, starting at almost 14 I just couldn't make it past Life by 18.
Served as Asst. Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, District Order of the Arrow adviser, Trainer. Led 5 trips to Philmont, 2 Jamborees and 3 National OA conferences and was awarded the Silver Beaver.
Then my job changed and so did my life. I started traveling internationally for work - being gone months at a time. I also had 2 girls who had NO interest in Girl Scouts. So I turned the Troop over to my Asst. SM and he's been running it for the last 25 years. Sadly, I never had time to get re-involved.

My experiences in Scouting, and especially at Philmont, quite literally changed my life in so many ways. I found God on the top of Tooth of Time Ridge - seriously. And I still have many friends from those great years in Scouting.
Lots of great scouting stories in this thread, but yours stands out. That's some very distinguished service.

I hope to get my son involved. I can't wait to get back out on the trails with my pack again. The mountains are already calling, and he's only 2 years old. DW won't go with us, but she'll keep our "base camp" nice and warm for us!
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Old 11-03-2016, 04:52 PM   #163
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I was a Cub Scout in the mid 50's, for some reason I never found Boy Scouts, then was an Explorer Scout in the early 60's.

In the summer of '62 and '63 I took two 8 day canoe trips out of Charles L. Somers canoe base on Moose Lake MN into the Boundary Waters and across the border into the Quetico. Those were definitely the highlight of my scouting career - incredible trips into what was still a real wilderness back then - my first real camping experience. In 8 days it was just an unfortunate accident if you ran across even one other group the entire time. We paddled and portaged 94 miles the first year and 140 miles the second. The best part was that the entire trip cost $37.50 each (not counting gas to drive up there from the Twin Cities area).
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:20 PM   #164
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I'm now enjoying it all over again with my grandson here in Bellingham. I don't know where the time went, it seems like yesterday when I first started camping with the scouts.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:27 PM   #165
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Greta times remembered.

I helped my son with his cub and webelies time and became assistant Scout master and Scoutmaster when he got to Boy Scouts. I didn't get to be in scouting when I was a boy so had to experience it as an adult. My son earned his Eagle and a bronze palm and then we went on to Explorers. I was the Explorer leader for him as well. I then went on to be Unit Comissioner and District Commissioner earning my Woodbridge along the way. I taught commissioners at a College of Comissioner Science at Carson City, NV for several years. I eventually earned the Silver Beaver award and Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. The time I spent with all those young men was priceless and I treasure every moment. The highlight of my scouting time was a 50 mile canoe trip at the Charles Summers boundary waters in Minnesota taken with my wife and son and several other boys and adults.
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Really, there were more "highlights" than I can count in my scouting career, but canoeing the Boundary Waters in MN stands near the top. That was an absolutely fantastic trip that I will never forget.
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25 years total. The adult stuff includes

Scouter: signing the front of the check
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Old 11-10-2016, 07:45 PM   #168
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Was a scout in the 70s, part of the time in Troop 1, arguably the oldest troop this side of the Mississippi.
I too just saw this thread. Dustdevil, did you ever make it up to Camp Whitsett in northern Kern county? That was always such a wonderful week of camping.
I was a Cub Scout and then a Boy Scout with Troop 2 in Saugus, along with my older brothers back in the late 60's to mid 70's. We did a lot of backpacking trips in those days. The most memorable was our trek up Mt. Whitney when I was 14. While camping at the base camp in late August it snowed on us. Fun times for a kid.
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and cub scouts also,my mom was a Den mother
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I too just saw this thread. Dustdevil, did you ever make it up to Camp Whitsett in northern Kern county? That was always such a wonderful week of camping.
I was a Cub Scout and then a Boy Scout with Troop 2 in Saugus, along with my older brothers back in the late 60's to mid 70's. We did a lot of backpacking trips in those days. The most memorable was our trek up Mt. Whitney when I was 14. While camping at the base camp in late August it snowed on us. Fun times for a kid.
My boys have gone to Camp Whitsett a couple of summers now!

My oldest son is doing his Eagle project this weekend. Installing a flagpole and memorial plaque for fallen FBI agents at a government training facility here in SoCal. Pictures to follow.

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