May 21st, 2007


Old Home Week

I went out to Ransburg today to give my presentation on Cultural Diversity to the National Camp School participants. I was introduced by the Course Director, Randy Brown, who is also my Scout Executive. I began by telling everybody that Randy had given me twenty minutes to make sure that all the Neanderthals finished evolving. And then I launched into my presentation.

Afterwards, I met several people I hadn't seen for ages. There was a young man who towered over me, whose name sounded vaguely familiar. He was about 15-16 years old when I was an Chaplain at Old Ben Scout Reservation in 1995. He remembered me, and his smile at that memory would light up a room. He also said that Stu Metcalfe (from Camp K days) -- whom I last saw in 1992 -- was asking about me. So maybe I'll hear from Stu some of these days. Another used-to-be-a-kid was Greg Griffin (a.k.a. Chura), one of the Scouts I took to Africa in 2001, and now the Rifle Range Director at Ransburg. Then there were various adult Scouters I only see once in a blue moon, but with whom we pick up where we left off when we meet.

Well, well, well. Here my whole presentation was about belonging, which is what we are trying to build into our Scouts, despite all the fault lines that separate us. And I feel greatly affirmed in my own belonging to such a wonderful bunch of people.

Thank you, Lord.

I have been remiss

Entering Ransburg Reservation Entering Ransburg Reservation

It's been a long time since I downloaded pictures from my camera to the computer. And equally as long since I uploaded pictures to my LJ. This kind of procrastination is probably part of the overwhelmed/depressed state I've been in. It's not like me to neglect such things. So, I'm going to be posting some recent pix.

The above I took just today. I've always admired this sign at the Ransburg gate. It sums up my feelings about camp.

Warning: animals being cute

The path not taken The path not taken
Sassafras thinks another way would be more fun, but Mommy is determined to go this way.
A girl and her Daddy A girl and her Daddy
At McCormick's Creek State Park
Taking a lap before dinner Taking a lap before dinner
Cuthbert and his giant-sized Momma -- er, Teddy -- Bear

The pix of Sassy were taken last Friday when collinsmom and I took her for a nice long walk in the woods. She was so happy! The pic of Cuthbert is from last March.

Click on any pic to enlarge.

Eagle project

Dig We Must Dig We Must
Zac Wright's Eagle project gets under way
Pirate?  Zombie?  PIRATE ZOMBIE! Pirate? Zombie? PIRATE ZOMBIE!
Zac's Eagle project seems to have pushed him over the edge.

I may wait to put these in a gallery. We'll have another Eagle project or two coming up soon. So maybe I should just make a gallery of Scout service projects? Anyway, I'm thinking of putting Zac's attack pose on a t-shirt. As the Duke of Wellington said of his own troops, "I don't know if they scare the enemy, but by God, they scare me!"