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To: Scoutmaster
I was escorting six 15 to 17 year-old Eagle Scouts to a rendezvous point in the US, where they would become part of a contingent of 24 Eagle Scouts flying to Japan. There, they were to represent the Boy Scouts of America as guests of the Scout Association of Japan and the Japanese government for two weeks.

I had the privilege of acting as one of 6 leaders for a group of 25 Venture Scouts (23 young gentlemen and 12 young ladies) to Japan on a similar trip. It was the summer of 2004 and we took a tour of Toyko, spent a weekend with some Japanese families, spent 6 days and nights at Japan's 6th Venture Jamboree, and spent 3 days and nights at a hotel in Narita at the Asia-Pacific Youth Forum with a Japanese contingent and a contingent from all over the area, including Scouts and Scouters from Nepal, Bhutan, French Polynesia, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, etc., etc. Great fun. Great kids. What a privelege.

18 posted on 11/27/2005 4:16:13 PM PST by RonF
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To: RonF
I was almost on that trip with you -- I had committed to handle the finances for that particular contingent before the the responsibility for the BSA/SAJ Friendship Program shifted to Irving, Texas and away from the Japanese-American Scouter who started the program. The organization of the contingent changed after that.

I'm certain you had an incredible time, and that your Venture Scouts came away with a better undertanding of Scouting as a Movement.

19 posted on 11/27/2005 4:59:15 PM PST by Scoutmaster
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