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Updated 01/22/2003 16:23
Submitted by Mate Chip Diamond:
On the first Saturday in December,
help set up and light the 20,000-plus candles placed on the Sharpsburg (Antietam)
Field that represent the fallen soldiers of both sides.
C.O.P.E. Course at South Mountain Sea Scout Training
23-25 August 2002
Submitted by Duane Close and Tim Barefoot:
Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility at the Tuckahoe Sea Scout Base,
– Challenging Onboard Personal Experience
you man or woman enough to climb the rigging like the sailors did of old?
Do you truly have what it takes?
Is your crew a cohesive group that can tackle any challenge the world
throws at you? To find out,
come to the South Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility for a two-day
Challenging Onboard Personal Experience (C.O.P.E.).
Although land-based, you will experience the challenge of going aloft
to furl a sail in a windstorm, climb and descend rope boarding ladders into
landing craft, rappel down a tall mast, and tackle all manner of other
personal and crew challenges.
– use this opportunity to bond your quarterdeck into a tight-knit group of
self-confident and self-reliant Sea Scouts.
Arrive Friday night, at whatever hour is convenient due to your
driving distance. Tents will
already be erected to house your male and female youth, and male and female
adult leaders. Cooking gear and
propane stoves will be available for breakfast, but [you bring your own
food, or we’ll supply it, or …].
challenge starts at 8 bells in the morning watch when your crew musters at
quarters to begin their first set of tasks.
Moving swiftly through a series of confidence building and
imagination stretching activities, your crew soon begins to learn the
necessity of trust in their shipmates as well as self-confidence in
themselves. They will learn at
a real gut level the truth of the saying, “One hand for the ship, and one
hand for yourself”. At the
start of the afternoon watch, chow call is piped for all hands, then it’s
back to the business at hand. By
the end of the afternoon, you will see an amazing difference in your crew.
Find out who the real youth leaders are.
Who are the talkers, and who are the doers?
Who is self-centered, and who puts his shipmates first?
By the end of the first day, you’ll know.
night after the evening meal gives you, the Skipper, a chance to have your
quarterdeck reflect on the day’s activities and begin to articulate the
lessons they have learned thus far. You,
their Skipper, can guide them to valuable self-discoveries.
The crew must also prepare themselves psychologically for the
ultimate challenges of the next day.
up to this point has been prelude and warm-up.
Sunday sees the supreme challenge of [ …..].
When your Sea Scouts finish with Sunday’s activities, each of them
knows he or she is a changed person, and for the better.
He or she also knows which shipmates can be counted upon, and which
ones can’t. Each Sea
Scout’s self-confidence will never have been higher.
the conclusion of the C.O.P.E. program, each participant will receive a
special South Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility patch with the Sea Scout
First Class Anchor logo. These
patches can only be earned by successful completion of the C.O.P.E. program,
and no duplicates or additional patches can be made available.
all-inclusive cost for this unique and invaluable training program is $____
per crewmember. A minimum of 10
Sea Scouts and a maximum of 20 Sea Scouts can be accommodated at any given
deposit will secure your
crew’s place in the 2002 training program at the South Mountain Sea Scout
Training Facility at the Tuckahoe Sea Scout Base for your crew’s C.O.P.E.
– Challenging Onboard Personal Experience.
Dates in August are available, but they are going fast.
instructors at the Training Facility are certified graduates of the
B.S.A.’s C.O.P.E. Safety School, so you can trust them with your
kid’s lives because they know what they're doing.
further details, contact Portmaster Duane Close at _______________.
20-22 September 2002
Submitted by Tim and Isaiah:
Concept: Experience what it would be like to be
shipwrecked on an island for a weekend.
Location: Hart and Miller Island, Chesapeake Bay.
Details: Prepare a list beforehand of exactly what
resources our Ship would have available to work with for the weekend.
The only additions allowed would be what we found for ourselves or made or
improvised for ourselves. For example, the list might be two pints of
water per person in cans, no can opener, one knife, no matches, 50' of
parachute cord, the clothes on our backs, and 2 packages of MRE's per
person. We would receive survival training during the preceding
Thursday night normal meeting from former Navy SEAL, Tim Barefoot.
Then we would put the training to the test starting in two days.
Saturday morning we would transport "wreck" materials to the
Baltimore County Sailing Center at Rocky Point Park (home of Sea Scout Ship
1993 - Selwin Gray, Skipper) where we would unload the materials and build
the raft. We would then paddle/sail the raft about a mile across the
water to Hart and Miller Island, where we would land and set up a survival
camp. From then until when we left on Sunday afternoon, all we would
have is what we brought with us or what we could find on Hart and Miller
Island. Hart and Miller is a State of Maryland campground, and there
is no camping fee there after Labor Day. There are no latrines, and no
fresh water. Possibly Ship 1993 would want to come along for the fun.
Go Caving with Buddy Hihn in West Virginia
Submitted by Skipper Kain:
Here's how it worked last time:
Friday, June 4 - 1st Sunday, June 6, 1999 (VinC - Joe)
Caving expedition. Consultant - Mr. Garrod. We loaded
everybody and their gear in Mr. Garrod's and Mr. Kain's Suburbans and headed
south to Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. We met our local caving
consultant, Mr. Charles S. "Bud" Hihn, III, and slept out on a big
tarp at the Battlefield's camping area. The stars were beautiful, but we
soon closed our eyes. Next morning, we had a tail-gate breakfast and then
drove over the Potomac River to the actual cave site in West Virginia. The
prior cave training Mr. Hihn had given us paid off as we donned overalls and
headlamps and headed into the cave. The first part was easy, as there were
wooden ladders already in place. Things shortly got much more challenging as
Mr. Hihn rigged a 30' cable ladder for all of us to descend into a
"black hole". We continued on through the cave for the rest of the
day. There were some tight fits for some of our more robust members, and
being so far underground for so long was a little un-nerving for a few of
us. Stretching our limits, however, is what Venturing is all about. It was a
constant, cool temperature in the cave, and totally quiet and totally dark
whenever we were quiet and turned off our lights. We also brushed up on our
"Leave No Trace" wilderness ethics, and took bags full of trash
out of the cave and away from the mouth of the cave. We then drove on to
Boonesboro, MD for the "best pizza in the world". After dinner we
presented Mrs. Wills with an award for having gone further into the cave
than she had ever believed possible. That night we camped along the
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. Next morning, we toured the Antietam
Battlefield with Cliff as our expert guide. He probably knows more about the
Civil War than Robert E. Lee. En route home, for some reason we seemed to
stop at every Sheetz Gas Station. One of them had several nitro-powered
dragsters en route to a local meet. A great time was had by all. Our Crew
25 cavers included: George, Joe, Stacy, Cliff, Adam, Other Adam, William,
Michael, Mrs. Wills, Mr. Kain, and Mr. Garrod plus our new friend, Mr. Buddy
Visit the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York and see
the Black Powder Rendezvous
Submitted by Skipper Kain:
Each October there is a mountain man black powder rendezvous
back in the Moose River Plains near the Kain family camp in the Town of
Inlet, Hamilton County, NY. It's a seven hour drive one way, but worth
it. We'd camp in the yard of the family camp, visit the local tourist
attractions, and especially visit the rendezvous to learn how trappers and
mountain men lived and worked in the days of the French and Indian War.
Overnight onboard the battleship USS NEW JERSEY and
hiking the Philadelphia Historic Trail
Submitted by Skipper Kain:
Foley is the Skipper of the new Sea Scout Ship onboard USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) at Camden, NJ, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
He suggests sleeping on the New Jersey on a Friday at $35 per night.
We’d get a great tour of a real battleship.
The next day we could transfer to a Youth Hostel he knows of in
Philadelphia at $18 per night. We’d
hike the Liberty trail in Philadelphia on Saturday and get a neat Historic
Trails medal. We could also
visit the Spanish American War battleship USS OLYMPIA in Philadelphia for an
interesting counterpoint to the New Jersey.
They run year round, so this might be a great fall adventure for our
Chesapeake area Sea Scouts.
Ride the Millersburg Ferry
Submitted by Mate Nancy Klinedinst:
Take the Millersburg Ferry back and forth across the Susquehanna
River. The ferry is the last operating ferry on the Susquehanna, and
the last wooden stern paddlewheel ferry in the country. The ferry runs
seven days a week from the last week in March to Thanksgiving. Hours
are 5:30 a.m. to dusk. Cost is $1 per person, or $4 for a vehicle and
driver. Ferry information is available at 1-717-692-2442.
Directions: I-83 north to Harrisburg, then Route 147 to
Millersburg. Left on North Street to the river.
Spend an overnight on USCG Cutter TAWNEY
Submitted by NE Region Commodore Bruce Johnson:
CUTTER CREW OVERNIGHT -- Operated by the Baltimore Maritime Museum, Piers 3
and 5 in the Inner Harbor. 410/396-3453 or 410/685-9062. Web site: www.baltomaritimemuseum.org.
The program, for Scout troops and other groups of youths, runs from
mid-August through mid-June on Friday and Saturday nights. Children must be
in second grade or above. Cost is $40 per person, including bed and board,
with a 15-kid and four-adult minimum. Price includes admission to Seven Foot
Knoll Lighthouse and the lightship Chesapeake. Daytime tours are also
offered: Sundays through Thursdays from 10 to 5:30 and Fridays and Saturdays
from 10 to 6:30. $6, seniors $5, children 6-14 $3 (5 and younger free).
The Washington Post
Friday, April 26, 2002
Bunking Down On a Battleship
By Eugene L. Meyer
Washington Post Staff Writer
It has everything a sailor could want. Except a sail.
But for budding boatswains, a night on a 327-foot Coast Guard cutter in
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is almost like going to sea while never leaving the
dock. There's dinner in the mess, night watch on deck, sleeping in triple
bunks with barely room to raise your head.
Such is life on the Taney, operated by the Baltimore Maritime Museum as a
sort of instructional bed-and-breakfast for kids. In our case, we were 15
Webelos Cub Scouts and eight parents from Pack 209 in Silver Spring. In 17
hours -- from 5 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday -- the boys learned about
the ship's history, what made the vessel go, how to navigate it and, oh yes,
galley duty and cleaning the head.
The program, run with the nonprofit Living Classrooms Foundation, gives boys
and girls a taste of life aboard a real ship, allowing them to get their sea
legs without getting seasick.
Since the overnighters began five years ago, 5,125 kids have
"crewed" on the Taney, the last warship still afloat to have been
at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked the Pacific
fleet harbored there, launching the United States into World War II.
The museum's fleet also includes the lightship Chesapeake and the Torsk, a
World War II submarine. The three vessels -- docked off Pratt Street -- are,
of course, retired from active duty, though the Coast Guard retains some say
over the Taney, and the Navy keeps title to the sub. But the boats still see
service every weekend when the children scamper aboard.
In October, the Taney is scheduled for a month of dry dock reconditioning,
at which time the museum plans to open the sub for overnighters, a feature
that will continue when the cutter returns.
On this night, there are three groups on board, a total of 59 Scouts and
parents, and four educators. The group is divided into more manageable
"watches" and schedules are tightly synchronized, so each gets the
full curriculum. The rules are simple and few: no horseplay, no radios or
tape players, no Walkmans.
Our little group has convoyed up I-95 to the parking lot nearest Pier 5 and
the Taney (the parking fee is $6 overnight for Taney trekkers). At the
gangplank, we are met by Ken Dudzik, a lawyer aspiring to be a teacher and
one of a small cadre of paid weekend guides.
"Most aren't here for a paycheck," museum director John Kellett
tells me later. "They are men and women really interested in working
with kids and in the history."
Dudzik seems interested in both, and with patience and good humor he
commands our eager and energetic little crew even as he teaches them.
Our group is split up, and my son, David, and I are assigned to Alpha Watch.
Early on, Dudzik takes us on a ship's tour, inside and out. The boys see
where the guns were mounted, and they learn about "Plimsoll marks"
on the boat's hull to measure the water's depth -- 24 feet dockside, with
the boat's bottom 12 feet underwater. They learn about the wheelhouse and
about the engine room down below.
"Is that too much information?" Dudzik asks. "It's not?
The kids' final stop before dinner is the galley, where each is given a job.
"I need some boys to make the spaghetti," Ken says. "I need
you three guys to make the garlic bread. I got celery to cut up, cucumbers
to cut up. I got green peppers. And I need an adult to supervise."
David chops the green peppers -- a first for him.
On board the Taney, nautical history is also on the menu: The kids learn
about the ship's service record, from its 1936 launch through World War II
(in both the Pacific and North Atlantic), Korea and Vietnam to its
decommissioning on Dec. 7, 1986. The ship's last job was interdicting drugs
in the Caribbean.
Commands still come loud and clear through the ship's speaker system. At
8:20 p.m. the message is, "Now hear this: Alpha Watch, Pack 209, report
to the ward room with your coats. We are going to the Torsk. That is
Waiting for another group to emerge first, the boys observe four seals
asleep on huge boulders, an outdoor feature of the National Aquarium in
Baltimore, which shares Pier 3 with the Torsk. A recorded voice warns that
seals can bite, and they can die from eating coins or trash. The seals,
however, seem singularly unimpressed by the boys' presence.
The night inspection of the Torsk takes Alpha Watch down the conning tower
into the tight quarters below, once underwater home to 80 men. The Torsk
logged 11,884 dives and fired torpedoes that sank the last enemy ship to be
sunk, as World War II ended -- a Japanese frigate on Aug. 14, 1945.
But what impressed the boys most was that crew members could shower only
once every three weeks. "Yes!" said several at once. "Anyone
claustrophobic?" Dudzik asks inside the sub control room. "What
does that mean?" David asks. "Feeling closed in," says Dudzik,
who then sounds the klaxon bell, which had been used to signal a dive.
"This place is scary," David says.
Back on the Taney, the loudspeaker booms at 10:25: "Now hear this, crew
of SS Taney, lights out in five minutes." But we're talking military
time here, so 10:25 p.m. is 2225. That puts lights out at 2230.
Then the adults take turns on watch, checking the kids and walking on deck
to "protect" the Taney from its urban environs. All watches are
thankfully uneventful, and at 0630 (6:30 a.m. to landlubbers) the lights
come on and reveille comes out of the loudspeaker. Talk about a rude
"Now hear this, now hear this," a voice announces at 0645,
"the orders of the day are as follows . . ." While Beta Watch is
preparing breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice), Alpha Watch heads to the
bridge deck to learn about navigation.
After eating, the boys swab the head and then get their gear, which they put
on deck. The wrap-up is a "scavenger hunt," a fun quiz really, in
which the kids wander the ship with clipboard, pencil and a list of things
they must find and questions they must answer. "How do you spell
Okinawa?" David asks along the way.
Then, after topside group photos, the boys get to toss pancake crumbs from
the deck to the birds in the water. "It's like the high point of the
weekend for them," notes Dudzik. "It's amazing."
© 2002 The Washington Post Company
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Activity Ideas for Yorkshire Venture Crew 25
Submitted by former Crew 25, Yorkshire United Methodist
Here are some ideas for our Venture Crew 25 program committee
to consider. So that we can try to focus on what really interests
you, please mark each of the following ideas in the left-hand
margin of this page with a 1-5 rating as follows:
- WOW! - This is great. Sign me up. Let's do it
- Sounds good to me.
- Tell me more before I decide.
- I don't THINK so.
- No way, Jose!
- Spend a few days on a wagon
train, a covered-wagon trip like the original
pioneers crossing the West.
- Take a bicycle trip the length of the C. & O.
Canal, camping along the way.
- Take the train from Lancaster to New York City Friday
night to the Intrepid-Sea-Air-Space
Museum, sleep on an Aircraft Carrier Friday and
Saturday nights, tour the seaport there which has a
submarine, a Navy destroyer, a Coast Guard Cutter, and a
light ship, go roller or ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza
(or see a Broadway Play), and return to Lancaster by
train on Sunday. Also see ships at South
- Go whitewater
rafting in West Virginia.
- Take our crew through the Tuckahoe C.
O. P. E. Course (Challenging Outdoor Personal
Experience), involving team and confidence-building
exercises, rappelling, high wire elements, and a zip
- Canoe down
the Delaware River from New Hope, Pa. to Washington
Crossing State Park, spend night, canoe back up to New
Hope on the Lehigh Canal.
- Canoe up
the Lehigh Canal from New Hope, Pa. to Easton, Pa.,
then canoe back down the Delaware River to New Hope.
- Spend a few hours at Laser
- Go ice
skating on a frozen pond.
- Go roller-skating.
- Have a dance.
- Have a square
dance in an old barn.
- Work for a weekend helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity.
- Tour the United
States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
- Tour the United States
Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Mt. Kilamanjaro in Kenya, Africa. Read what
it's like to climb this mountain.
- Climb Mt.
Fuji in Japan.
- Visit the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida.
- Visit the B.S.A.
Florida Sea Base and spend a week sailing in the
- Take a
ten-day canoe trip in Maine.
- Go to the Adirondacks and climb
Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York State.
- Take a rubber raft trip down through the Grand Canyon of
- Take a rubber raft trip
on the Colorado River.
- Undertake an expedition
to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico.
- Go horseback
- Do a Civil War re-enactment.
- Tour Washington, D.C.
on a camping trip to Wizard Ranch.
- Go on a camping trip at John Paul Jones cabin near Otter
Creek Recreation Area on the Susquehanna.
- Build a wooden raft and float down the Susquehanna River like
- Take a canoe trip down the Susquehanna
River in canoes, camping on an island, and fishing
for our dinner.
a ride in a single-engine airplane.
- Take a windjammer cruise on an authentic wooden schooner
such as the Harvey
Gamage for a few days of watch standing, open
ocean sailing, etc. from Mystic
- Take a trip to Cook
Forest in Northeast Pennsylvania, the largest stand
of virgin timber remaining in the State.
- Take a cruise down
the Mississippi River on a steam-driven paddle wheel
- Go on an expedition to Northern Canada, Labrador, and/or Greenland
to see the "Land of the Midnight Sun."
- Ride along
with a truck driver on a long-distance run to Indiana
- Tour the
U.S. Naval Base at Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters of
the Atlantic Fleet.
- Tour the U.S.
Army Ordinance Proving Ground at Aberdeen, Maryland.
- Go to see the Liberty Bell in Independence
- Go to a
to the moon.
- Just "hang out."
- Help some disadvantaged children have a better day.
- Help distribute food to the homeless and hungry.
- Visit the State Capitol at Harrisburg, a building
President Theodore Roosevelt labeled as "the most
beautiful state capitol building in the nation."
- Visit the William Penn Museum in Harrisburg.
- Take a road rally trip through the hills of West
Virginia, following the line of march of the 87th
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the
- Do the 10-mile hike of the battlefield at Gettysburg and
earn the Gettysburg historic tail medal and patch.
- Earn the mile swim patch.
- Earn the "Fifty Miler" leather patch. - Done by Crew 25 on 1999 Philmont
- Earn the "Historic Trails" award.
- Earn the Hornaday Award for significant contributions to
the field of conservation.
- Visit the Washington Zoo.
- Visit a real (not tourist) Amish farm and spend a day
helping with the farm work.
- Hike the York City historic trails and earn the patch
that goes with it.
- Participate in the York250 Military Heritage Weekend
encampment at Penn Park, August 19-21, 1999. - Done by Crew 25 on August 19-21, 1999.
- Go to the ninth Wizard Safari, last weekend in September
1999. - Done by Crew 25 in
- Do something you've always wanted to do but never got
around to doing, or thought it would be impossible to do,
such as ___________________________________.
- Spend a day at the Reading, Pa. Cliffhangers
Rock-Climbing Gym. - Done by Crew
25 on December 5,1998.
- Spend a day with some ambulance crew paramedics.
- Go to Hell (actually, read that as Hell Township, on
Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean, so named for the
black volcanic rock formations in the area).
- Do a western trail ride.
- Climb the Peaks of Otter and watch the sun rise over the
Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
- Spend time on a dude ranch.
- Climb Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah Mountains.
- Work with Crispus Attucks Community Center to help the
residents of the neighborhood.
- Spend a weekend under qualified guidance living as the
Indians native to the Susquehanna River area lived.
- Learn how to do auto body work and spray paint an
- Learn how to fill out a withholding declaration and
prepare a Short Form 1040 federal Income Tax Return.
- Learn how to make change and operate a cash register.
- Spend a weekend in the Adirondacks at 30° below zero living in an igloo you
- Go snowmobiling.
- Go deep-sea fishing.
- Have an expedition to the mountains of the Peruvian
- Attend a world Scout jamboree.
- Visit Gilwell Park in England, the home of world
- Devise a way to reduce the prevalence of hate crimes in
- Visit with some Chinese political asylum refugees at York
- Work with Pastor Joan Marushkin to fix up 423 West Market
Street, York to house Chinese detainees awaiting work
- Go on a caving expedition. Done by
Crew 25 on August 6-8, 1999.
- Go scuba diving.
- Have a car wash or other fundraiser for the benefit of
the Crew treasury. Done by Crew 25
on June 19, 1999.
- Write, cast, produce, and direct a play about a topic
chosen by the Crew. Fundraiser?
- Visit the Court House and watch a trial in progress
(possibly a child abuse case?)
- Visit a fish hatchery.
- Plant tree seedlings to beautify the County for
generations to come.
- Climb Mt. Denali in Alaska, the highest peak in North
- Find a way to reduce teen deaths from drunken driving.
- Canoe down the Yukon River across the Arctic Circle
through Canada's Yukon Territory.
- Backpack the length of the Presidential Range in the
White Mountains of New Hampshire.
- Hike Mt. Kathadin in Maine via Mahosic Notch, reputedly
the toughest one-mile stretch on the entire Appalachian
- Have a soccer game with another Venture Crew.
- Go fly-fishing on the Big Horn River in Montana, and see
where Custer made his last stand.
- Ride on a camel or an elephant.
- Hike across the volcanic crater of Mt. Haleakala on Maui
in the Hawaiian Islands.
- Visit the lost city of Machu Pichu in Peru.
- Go camping among the wild ponies on Assateague Island. - Done by Crew 25 with Troop 25 on July
- Hike to the summit of Mt. Lassen in California.
- Take a steam ship from Seattle to Glacier Bay, Alaska.
- Camp in Yosemite National Park and climb El Capitan.
- Go cross-country ski-touring in Utah and stay in a Yurt
(a Mongolian hut).
- Walk the length of the Great Wall of China.
- Cook a gourmet dinner over a fire with a baked dessert.
- Go squirrel fishing in the park (with a peanut on the end
of the line).
- Spend a day with a veterinarian.
- Spend a day working in a circus.
- Marine Corps dress parade (Retreat/Tattoo?) at 8th and I
runs every Friday evening from May 1 to September.
Advance tickets recommended. Apply by mail. - Done by Crew 25 on May 14, 1999.
- Think up some other neat ideas to do in our second year.
- Keep those cards and letters comming in, folks! (e-mails
- Go to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, site of the Wright
brothers first flight.
- Attent a football game at the United States Naval
Academy, Annapolis, Md
- Go to Fall River, MA, and spend a weekend aboard the
U.S.S. Massachusetts, a retired World War II battleship,
and see the destroyer U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy.
- Go to an island in Alexandria Bay, half way between the
U.S. and Canada.
- Tour Campabello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, summer
home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- Attend a ship launching at Sparrows Point, MD, shipyard.
- Go fishing on a party boat.
- Hold a Exploring/Venturing Conference in April at the FBI
Academy Training Center. Venturers will get a chance to
shoot FBI weapons, tour the forensic lab, see the driver
reaction course. Honor top Venturers, their advisors and
crews. Why not look for a neat place that older teenagers
would like to visit? I have also heard of councils
holding Explorer/Venturer weekends at camp with different
skill and fun events, in cluding a talent show at night.
Let your imagination run wild!!!! Details available from
Cooper Wright Advisor, Crew 1519 Alexandria, VA CoopWright@aol.com
- Capital Area Council, headquartered in Austin, TX is
planning a Venturing Rondezvous in March 99, over spring
break. It has, to this point, been organized by adults.
The goal is to give crews and opportunity to have some
fellowship and get to know one another. There will be
some skill events during the day, giving some exposure to
the Ranger Award areas. Why not organize, in the future,
an "adventure race" type of event lasting three
days, with 36 hours of events and scheduled rest time.
Something along the line of the Eco-Challenge or Raid Gauloises. Envision events like orienteering, mountain
biking, cross-country hiking, canoeing,
climbing/rappelling, etc. Do it like an event that I saw
on ESPN about eight years ago that was sponsored by
Gore-Tex where all of the events happen in the winter,
cross country skiing, biathalon, alpine skiing, snow cave
building, ice climbing... Submitted by Jerry Dougherty firstname.lastname@example.org
- Under the direction of the VOC (Venturing Officers'
Cabinet) for the Utah National Parks Council: Winter
Biathlon (under the direction & cooperation of local
ROTC members and biathlon/sports crew), Late night
bowling (this includes videos, popocorn, drinks, and of
course lots of bowling), 5K fun runs (Spring & Fall),
Feeding the homeless (this is in conjunction with the
ELKS lodge in the area) this is usually the day before
Thanksgiving each year, Survival of the Fittest/High
Country Endurance (this rotates from the north, south,
central areas of the council to avoid long travel times
for crews). As their council is very spread out (it
covers most of the state of Utah and parts of Southern
Nevada) they try to rotate events throughout the council.
Submitted by David Wilson VOC Advisor Crew 1984 UNPC uecc19-2@IDT.NET
- The Eastern Arkansas VOA is sponsoring a "Venturing
Allnighter" which will include a "Discover
Scuba" program conducted by a local dive shop, laser
tag, midnight bowling, videos, basketball and volleyball
and other activities. This was successful program last
year and is being repeated later this month. Submitted by
Andy Fulkerson, EAAC, VOA Advisor email@example.com
- Basically, instead of actually planning a council event,
how about having a "clearinghouse calendar" of
sorts to post events that we are doing & inviting
others to participate in. Reserve a weekend for Venturing
at one of the Council camps this summer. Have a big
canoeing event with 30-40 canoes going down a 9 mile
section of a river. Camping overnight at a camp area that
is not far from the getting-out point the next day.
Sounds like fun. Have a very active Sea Scout unit host a
day of sailing at the lake and, in conjunction with a
professional shop, scuba diving one night in a pool.
About 1 1\2 hours of classroom time for everyone, then
into the water. Another unit that does a lot of caving is
anxious to invite others to go with them on this
activity. Other options would be things like a
well-organized backpacking trek with appropriate sized
crews & overnighting in a central area for
fellowship, and hopefully plenty of opportunity for LNT
exercises & teaching along the way. Submitted by
Signe Rogers, Newton, KS, Advisor, Crew 007 (High
Adventure), Santa Fe Trail District Venturing Program
Chair, District Venturing Unit Commissioner, Quivira
Council Venturing Committee. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tour the battleship U.S.S. Missouri and the U.S.S.
Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. If you want
information, the direct line is (808)423-2263. If a group
of you go, you can obtain advance reservations from
Waikiki at (877)MIGHTYMO. Address is USS Missouri
Memorial Assn, Box 6339, Honolulu 96818.
- The Greater St. Louis Area Council has one of the largest
populations of Venturers in the country and as such, has
some outstanding activities to satisfy everyone. In the
fall, they hold a weekend at a local Scout camp full of
fun. They call it "Fall Fun Rally." 1999's
festivities included a "battle of the bands"
(where live teen bands come in and play) on Friday night
(and part of Saturday's early morning like about 2am) and
plenty of activity during the day. Some of the activities
included orienteering with the U.S. Army Reserve,
skateboarding tricksters showing off their stuff, a
traveling exibit from the St. Louis Zoo, sporting
activities, an much more. Saturday night saw an official
U.S. Flag Burning Ceremony preformed by a Crew. After
that they had Officer elections, followed by a dance in
the lodge. Over 400 Venturers and Explorers came out to
participate. Other activities have included: a ski night,
a lock-in at the St. Louis Science Center, and
"Swift Preview Weekend," which is an
introduction to the biggest event of the year. While
other councils have a week of summer camp for Venturers,
they have SIX! As a matter of fact, they have an entire
camp dedicated to the use of Venturers and Explorers. A
Sampling of the activities: Water-skiing, volleyball,
mountain biking, kayaking, basketball, swimming, rock
climbing, rappelling, tennis, fishing, hiking and much
more. Submitted by Kevin Kreitner email@example.com
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