With the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America coming up next February, our Jayhawk Area Council is bracing for the big event by printing up the recollections of young Scouts, and "young at heart" Scouts. Dave Nolle and all the crew at the local BSA offices are asking for your memories at their specially created website, www.callingallscouts.org to let you begin your hiking trail down the Scouting memory lane.
As a 15 year old Life Scout in Archer, Florida with Troop 307, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the 1969 National Jamboree in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho's Farragut State Park. (They're all held at AP Hill, Virginia now.. would not have been very far to travel.) But riding by bus to Idaho really gave me a chance to see our country, to meet other guys from all parts of the USA, and share in some very fun activities. (Were you there, too? From a Kansas troop? Share your memories with ME on that!)
One of my strongest memories is hearing the speech by Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman, who had just given his Genesis reading while they were circling the moon the Christmas before. He gave a great speech, filling in for President Nixon who couldn't make it to see us.. because he was with Neil Armstrong and the landing crew of Apollo 11. So I didn't get to see the landing on the moon until much later.. but I wouldn't trade my Jamboree camping experience for anything.
So what's your favorite memory of being in Scouting? Share some with us on the blog, but be sure to write your story on www.callingallscouts.org. It should be a great collection of Scouting stories! Thanks! Ralph