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Yes, it's true. It's been a few years since I was Scoutmaster of Troop 44 and visiting the old Scout Cabin brought back a lot of memories; so many in fact that I decided to help the troop get back on it's feet. Although I started Boy Scout Troop 38 some 10 years ago and am still a part of it by being a committee member, I thought I'd share my scouting skills with another troop. Each Monday night is spent jumping back and forth between the troops.

I may sit in on a Board of Revue for a boy advancing to the next higher rank in Troop 44 and then 30 minutes later I may be teaching knot tying or fire starting to Troop 44 at the Scout Cabin. I'm not saying one troop is better than the other; I am saying boys belong in scouting and scouting is for boys. It helps them grow into responsible individuals and teaches them to be leaders. Someone asked me, "Are you still in Scouting? And then they ask, "Why?" My answer, "It's what I do. What do you do with your spare time that's constructive or helps your community?" Come on down to a Boy Scout meeting and see what I'm talking about. If you are a former Boy Scout then I think you owe it to yourself to put something back into the program. If you earned your Eagle badge, remember you are always an Eagle and you owe it to the program to put back into it more than you gained from it. I hope I'll see you there.



Chris Mathes-Scout Executive

What parents say about camp. Findings from Parents of Scouts.

To fully understand whether or not Scout summer camp is making a difference in the lives of boys, Harris Interactive included a survey among parents of boys who attended summer camp. For decades, parents have given anecdotal evidence to BSA Camp directors and staff members that the camp experience changed their sons. One commonly communicated sentiment has been, "You took my boy and he came home more like a young man." More than 80 percent of parents (81 percent) indicate that summer camp resulted in a positive change in their sons.

When asked to describe the reasons they believe a positive change took place, parents mention growth in self-esteem, new skills learned, and increased levels of personal responsibility. Overall, parents are very satisfied with their son's experience at Scout Camp. More than nine of ten parents (93 percent) indicate their son's summer camp experience met or exceeded their expectations. In addition, almost all parents (96 percent) say they would recommend to other parents that their sons attend Scout summer camp.

Since its inception, the Scouting program has been designed to encourage interaction between parents and their children. Scout summer camp follows this design, and the fact that almost every parent (98 percent) discusses the summer camp experience with their son validate that the design works. Be sure that your scout(s) attend summer camp this year. It will be an enriching experience for your entire family.



Boy Scout Troop 44 is looking for more members. Troop 44's Scoutmaster Jack Shephard said, "We're getting ready to go to summer camp, please let everyone know that now is the time to join and come have fun with us at Camp Chief Little Turtle. We'll be going the week of June 16 to the 22nd." If you are interested in letting your son join the Boy Scouts then come on down to the Scout Cabin at the corner of Lower Huntington Road and Ardmore Avenue. Troop meetings are held every Monday night from 7pm to 8:30pm. Learn to: wear a Boy Scout uniform, how to make your own rope, how to tie different knots, how to cook food in Dutch ovens, how to make HoBo Dinners in aluminum foil, how to cook food without fire, how to pitch tents and build shelters, learn first-aid, how to start a fire without matches, how to start a fire with water, learn about our government & our nation's history, have fun playing Scout games, and learn how to become a leader of men.



Starting Memorial Day weekend, the Scout store will be open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.



Girl Scout Troop #850 (Junior/Cadet) will be meeting at the Portage Creek Camp Association Scout Cabin, corner of Lower Huntington Road and Ardmore Avenue, every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm, starting August, 27, 2002. Anyone interested in joining or helping with the troop, please contact Troop Leader Mary Shepard at 436-2422.

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