Saturday, December 8, 2012

Boy Scout Jamboree



Welcome to Boy Scout week here at OPOD. We kick things off with this picture from the 1937 National Jamboree in Washington DC. The Jamboree was issued a special shortwave license for the week, so they could broadcast nationally to scouts unable to attend the Jamboree. Perhaps some of you can share some of your scouting memories.

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  1. I was in girl scouts.
    Not so much fun because junior high school aged girls were and are generally very vain and frivolous creatures interested in make up, hair, clothes rock music and boys. They were afraid of dirt and germs and doing anything different because the cruel girls in the group would castigate them. So I said Phooey!
    I grew up with brothers and enjoyed the outdoor life.

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  2. I was a cub scout for a couple years. My friend who joined up at the same time stayed with it all through school. As an adult he became a scout leader. One of his favorite things was guiding his scout troop on hiking trips at the Grand Canyon.

    I liked using the scout manual and completing the different projects and earning the patches. The pinewood derby car race was also big fun.

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  3. JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) continues to this day. It is a popular ham radio event worldwide.

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  4. I'll bet Nate will be tickled to death with this weeks posts

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  5. I'm the mom of an Eagle Scout. It was a long road, but I think he's proud he stuck it out.

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  6. I'm 64 now but when I was about 15 I used to wait impatiently for Boy's Life Magazine. I enjoyed the monthly article on carving tie slides. These were written by Ben Hunt, an excellent woodcarver and author (a few years back I bought an old copy of a carving book he wrote). I was never a Boy Scout, having stopped at Cub Scouts. In those days I went to Church Summer Camp which was not evangelical, but more like a scouting camp. We braided boondaggle into all kinds of shapes. I became a marksman shooting a 22 rifle. I whittled tie slides for my brother who did go onto boy scouts.
    I really enjoyed my youth, and these kinds of activities. Perhaps those experiences are the reason I became a woodworker. I still like making things with my grandchildren.

    Will from Lafayette

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    1. Ahh yes I remember boys life, also Highlights mag in grade school

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    2. 1950's-I only lived 2 blocks from school & came home for lunch. The arrival of any of 3 magazines made me reluctant to return to class: Boy's Life, Readers Digest, and National Geographic. The skills I learned in Scouts have never left me. Just the other day I used a sheet bend knot to join 2 ropes of different diameters.

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  7. I also made numerous balsa wood airplanes. I made the first one on a vacation with my Dad and my brothers in Maine. We stayed in a rental cabin. My Dad successfully taught us how to enjoy working with our hands. The balsa planes are a lot of fun and when, if ever, I retire I will enjoy making them again, although my eyesight isn't as good as it used to be. All of this started with Scouting. My parents were quite involved. My Mom was a den leader.

    Will from Lafayette

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  8. My parents couldn't afford to send me to scouts, but my friend was a scout and his dad was a leader and would let me go on hikes and stuff with them.
    It was a lot of good clean fun and we used to really enjoy it.
    Man, those times were a lot simpler...

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  9. I'm excited to see the fun this week. I'm sorry I'm joining late, I was on a Boy Scout outing this past weekend.

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  10. I wonder if this young man went on to serve in the armed forces during WW2. He would have had some great radio skills!

    My oldest stepson is a member of the Order of the Arrow and became an Eagle Scout.He went to Jamboree as well. My youngest stepson had NO interest in scouting! My husband was a troop leader and I was cheering from the sidelines and making brownies and cookies and creating fun camp out food.

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