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Posted on 07/25/2005 6:18:31 PM PDT by SandRat
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"... and a good old Eagle, too" C-19-96
"I used to be a Staffer ...." C-31-02
I was a Troop Guide at the latter Course; it was our Council's first "Wood Badge of the 21st Century" course. A bit of a change, certainly, and there was some grumbling from the old guard. I never minded the old instructional methods of occasionally putting you in a trick bag and letting you figure your way out; that's real life, isn't it? But not everyone responded well to that, and the additional emphasis on management (and consequent de-emphasis on outdoor skills) is probably necessary and useful. But what that means is that we as leaders need to identify those Scouters who lack outdoor skills and get them trained up to speed on them.
"As we communicated yesterday, four BSA leaders were killed in an electrical accident at Fort A.P. Hill between 4:30 and 5 p.m. yesterday, while setting up camp. The four individuals are Michael J. Shibe, 49, Mike Lacroix, 42, and Ronald H. Bitzer, 58, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Scott Edward Powell, 57, of Perrysville, Ohio. Three other men were also injured in the accident. One is a Boy Scout leader and two are contract workers. They are in stable condition. The injured leader is Jay Lawrence Call, 43, of Anchorage, Alaska.
One Scout suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. Our hearts go out to the families of these devoted Scout leaders who gave so much to their sons, their troops, and their communities.
At this point, although it does not show in the transcript, Mr. Shields had to stop to gather his composure.
A thorough investigation into this accident is underway. We will share any additional information as we can.
Today, at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, the Army has instituted a day of safety stand-down in preparation for up to 25,000 visitors on Wednesday for the opening show. Entry of guests will be restricted on Tuesday, participants will be reminded to drink plenty of water, and we will be reviewing safety precautions. As planned, the public is invited to visit the jamboree from Wednesday, July 27, through Tuesday, August 2."
Tragic. Was it a lightning strike or some other kind of electrical accident?
It appears that the gentlemen involved were setting up a tent that used aluminum poles to hold it up. Apparently they were setting it up underneath some electrical wires, and contacted a wire with one of the poles. What we may have here is a fatal error of judgement.
Whatever happened to hosting the jamborees at Gettysburg?
Perhaps a memorial service will be held during the Jamboree. I think that could be comforting to all of the Boy Scouts and their leaders.
An easy variant is to have the candidate sit on the ground and put a big tarp over them so all edges touch the ground. Then tell the candidate that they have something on that they don't need and to remove it and hand it to the instructor. You'd be surprised at how long it sometimes takes before they realize that the unneeded item is the tarp.
My guess is the Environmentalists crying that it was destroying/damaging a National Treasure or whatever.
Prayers on the way.
My prayers are with these men, and to all who mourn their passing.
Yes, I'm clearly in the minority on this one. I will stick by my 30 & 45, though.
I believe my concerns will be met by just the groups affected returning to their home area. That might be the entire Alaska contingent, but it would be the best way to acknowledge the lives lost and to support the mourning of the families who have lost so much.
See my #162. Thank you for your support of these young men.
Scouts carry on in Alaska
by Sean Doogan - Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Anchorage, Alaska - In Anchorage, the Western Alaska Boy Scout Council is trying to cope with the loss of four of its leaders. Any group, whether it be a patrol, a troop or a local council is only as good as the people who lead it. Officials says when Ron Bitzer, Michael Lacroix, Michael Shibe and Scott Powell were around, things were very good.
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the scout law.
Every Boy Scout learns the Scout Oath and tries to live by it. Tuesday at Camp Gorsuch, scouts continued their daily routine. Four roses and flags lowered to half-staff were the only visible reminders of Monday's tragic loss at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Fort AP Hill, Va., thousands of miles away. The flowers were placed there by a camp staffer who knew the fallen leaders.
Several other stories can be accessed at the bottom of the page.
Thank you for posting this. My heart just aches for everyone so I can't even imagine how those who really knew these fine men in person must be feeling. My deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved them. :(
Thank you for that. Scouts are strong and will carry on. I didn't know any of the leaders, bit I work with the man who read one of the wives statements.
finished my ticket in January. recieved my beads in Febuary
Is there an Owl in the house?
Back to Gilwell......
Will get my beads on the last day of the next 3 day session for this years class.
Congratulations and keep up the good work!
I'll buy the issue of not enough outdoor time. I'd rather have a patrol camp be the center of activity both weekends. But the lack of outdoor skills cuts both ways. Is Wood Badge, advanced unit leader training, the place to be teaching basic outdoor skills? There's now a separate outdoor skills course for that (back in my generation, all the Dads had been in the Army). People should take that if they need to learn those skills, or hang out in a Troop a while and learn them from the other leaders and kids.
With WB 2000, you can get a Den Leader in there that has no outdoor skills at all, mixed in with someone like me who has all kinds of outdoor skills. There's no way that he or she could ever be put on equal footing with me. In fact there's no reason for them to do so, if the Den Leader is going to be a Cub Scout leader for the next 6 years like my Pack's late Cubmaster. So WB now concentrates on the leadership issues, and leaves the outdoor skills as a separate issue.
I agree that there are many fewer people with outdoor skills. We need to teach them that, but perhaps not in Wood Badge.