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Updated 01/22/2003 16:23

Antietam Battlefield

Submitted by Mate Chip Diamond:

On the first Saturday in December, help set up and light the 20,000-plus candles placed on the Sharpsburg (Antietam) Battle Field that represent the fallen soldiers of both sides.


C.O.P.E. Course at South Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility

23-25 August 2002

Submitted by Duane Close and Tim Barefoot:

South Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility at the Tuckahoe Sea Scout Base, Dillsburg, PA

C.O.P.E. – Challenging Onboard Personal Experience

Are you man or woman enough to climb the rigging like the sailors did of old?  Do you truly have what it takes?  Is your crew a cohesive group that can tackle any challenge the world throws at you?  To find out, come to the South Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility for a two-day Challenging Onboard Personal Experience (C.O.P.E.).  Although land-based, you will experience the challenge of going aloft to furl a sail in a windstorm, climb and descend rope boarding ladders into landing craft, rappel down a tall mast, and tackle all manner of other personal and crew challenges.

Skippers – use this opportunity to bond your quarterdeck into a tight-knit group of self-confident and self-reliant Sea Scouts.  Arrive Friday night, at whatever hour is convenient due to your driving distance.  Tents will already be erected to house your male and female youth, and male and female adult leaders.  Cooking gear and propane stoves will be available for breakfast, but [you bring your own food, or we’ll supply it, or …]. 

The challenge starts at 8 bells in the morning watch when your crew musters at quarters to begin their first set of tasks.  Moving swiftly through a series of confidence building and imagination stretching activities, your crew soon begins to learn the necessity of trust in their shipmates as well as self-confidence in themselves.  They will learn at a real gut level the truth of the saying, “One hand for the ship, and one hand for yourself”.  At the start of the afternoon watch, chow call is piped for all hands, then it’s back to the business at hand.  By the end of the afternoon, you will see an amazing difference in your crew.  Find out who the real youth leaders are.  Who are the talkers, and who are the doers?  Who is self-centered, and who puts his shipmates first?  By the end of the first day, you’ll know.

Saturday night after the evening meal gives you, the Skipper, a chance to have your quarterdeck reflect on the day’s activities and begin to articulate the lessons they have learned thus far.  You, their Skipper, can guide them to valuable self-discoveries.  The crew must also prepare themselves psychologically for the ultimate challenges of the next day. 

Everything up to this point has been prelude and warm-up.  Sunday sees the supreme challenge of [ …..].  When your Sea Scouts finish with Sunday’s activities, each of them knows he or she is a changed person, and for the better.  He or she also knows which shipmates can be counted upon, and which ones can’t.  Each Sea Scout’s self-confidence will never have been higher.

At the conclusion of the C.O.P.E. program, each participant will receive a special South Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility patch with the Sea Scout First Class Anchor logo.  These patches can only be earned by successful completion of the C.O.P.E. program, and no duplicates or additional patches can be made available.

The all-inclusive cost for this unique and invaluable training program is $____ per crewmember.  A minimum of 10 Sea Scouts and a maximum of 20 Sea Scouts can be accommodated at any given C.O.P.E. experience.

A deposit  will secure your crew’s place in the 2002 training program at the South Mountain Sea Scout Training Facility at the Tuckahoe Sea Scout Base for your crew’s C.O.P.E. – Challenging Onboard Personal Experience.  Dates in August are available, but they are going fast.

All instructors at the Training Facility are certified graduates of the B.S.A.’s C.O.P.E. Safety  School, so you can trust them with your kid’s lives because they know what they're doing.

For further details, contact Portmaster Duane Close at _______________.

Shipwrecked on an Island  (Shipwreck Weekend)

20-22 September 2002

Submitted by Tim and Isaiah:

Concept:  Experience what it would be like to be shipwrecked on an island for a weekend.

Location: Hart and Miller Island, Chesapeake Bay.

Details:  Prepare a list beforehand of exactly what resources our Ship would have available to work with for the weekend.  The only additions allowed would be what we found for ourselves or made or improvised for ourselves.  For example, the list might be two pints of water per person in cans, no can opener, one knife, no matches, 50' of parachute cord, the clothes on our backs, and 2 packages of MRE's per person.  We would receive survival training during the preceding Thursday night normal meeting from former Navy SEAL, Tim Barefoot.  Then we would put the training to the test starting in two days.  Saturday morning we would transport "wreck" materials to the Baltimore County Sailing Center at Rocky Point Park (home of Sea Scout Ship 1993 - Selwin Gray, Skipper) where we would unload the materials and build the raft.  We would then paddle/sail the raft about a mile across the water to Hart and Miller Island, where we would land and set up a survival camp.  From then until when we left on Sunday afternoon, all we would have is what we brought with us or what we could find on Hart and Miller Island.  Hart and Miller is a State of Maryland campground, and there is no camping fee there after Labor Day.  There are no latrines, and no fresh water.  Possibly Ship 1993 would want to come along for the fun.

Go Caving with Buddy Hihn in West Virginia

Submitted by Skipper Kain:

Here's how it worked last time:

Friday, June 4 - 1st Sunday, June 6, 1999 (VinC - Joe)

Caving expedition. Consultant - Mr. Garrod. We loaded everybody and their gear in Mr. Garrod's and Mr. Kain's Suburbans and headed south to Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. We met our local caving consultant, Mr. Charles S. "Bud" Hihn, III, and slept out on a big tarp at the Battlefield's camping area. The stars were beautiful, but we soon closed our eyes. Next morning, we had a tail-gate breakfast and then drove over the Potomac River to the actual cave site in West Virginia. The prior cave training Mr. Hihn had given us paid off as we donned overalls and headlamps and headed into the cave. The first part was easy, as there were wooden ladders already in place. Things shortly got much more challenging as Mr. Hihn rigged a 30' cable ladder for all of us to descend into a "black hole". We continued on through the cave for the rest of the day. There were some tight fits for some of our more robust members, and being so far underground for so long was a little un-nerving for a few of us. Stretching our limits, however, is what Venturing is all about. It was a constant, cool temperature in the cave, and totally quiet and totally dark whenever we were quiet and turned off our lights. We also brushed up on our "Leave No Trace" wilderness ethics, and took bags full of trash out of the cave and away from the mouth of the cave. We then drove on to Boonesboro, MD for the "best pizza in the world". After dinner we presented Mrs. Wills with an award for having gone further into the cave than she had ever believed possible. That night we camped along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. Next morning, we toured the Antietam Battlefield with Cliff as our expert guide. He probably knows more about the Civil War than Robert E. Lee. En route home, for some reason we seemed to stop at every Sheetz Gas Station. One of them had several nitro-powered dragsters en route to a local meet. A great time was had by all. Our Crew 25 cavers included: George, Joe, Stacy, Cliff, Adam, Other Adam, William, Michael, Mrs. Wills, Mr. Kain, and Mr. Garrod plus our new friend, Mr. Buddy Hihn.

Visit the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York and see the Black Powder Rendezvous

Submitted by Skipper Kain:

Each October there is a mountain man black powder rendezvous back in the Moose River Plains near the Kain family camp in the Town of Inlet, Hamilton County, NY.  It's a seven hour drive one way, but worth it.  We'd camp in the yard of the family camp, visit the local tourist attractions, and especially visit the rendezvous to learn how trappers and mountain men lived and worked in the days of the French and Indian War.

Overnight onboard the battleship USS NEW JERSEY and hiking the Philadelphia Historic Trail

Submitted by Skipper Kain:

Gene Foley is the Skipper of the new Sea Scout Ship onboard USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) at Camden, NJ, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.  He suggests sleeping on the New Jersey on a Friday at $35 per night. We’d get a great tour of a real battleship.  The next day we could transfer to a Youth Hostel he knows of in Philadelphia at $18 per night.  We’d hike the Liberty trail in Philadelphia on Saturday and get a neat Historic Trails medal.  We could also visit the Spanish American War battleship USS OLYMPIA in Philadelphia for an interesting counterpoint to the New Jersey.  They run year round, so this might be a great fall adventure for our Chesapeake area Sea Scouts.

Gene Foley

Ride the Millersburg Ferry

Submitted by Mate Nancy Klinedinst:

Take the Millersburg Ferry back and forth across the Susquehanna River.  The ferry is the last operating ferry on the Susquehanna, and the last wooden stern paddlewheel ferry in the country.  The ferry runs seven days a week from the last week in March to Thanksgiving.  Hours are 5:30 a.m. to dusk.  Cost is $1 per person, or $4 for a vehicle and driver.  Ferry information is available at 1-717-692-2442.  Directions:  I-83 north to Harrisburg, then Route 147 to Millersburg.  Left on North Street to the river.

Spend an overnight on USCG Cutter TAWNEY

Submitted by NE Region Commodore Bruce Johnson:

CUTTER CREW OVERNIGHT -- Operated by the Baltimore Maritime Museum, Piers 3 and 5 in the Inner Harbor. 410/396-3453 or 410/685-9062. Web site: The program, for Scout troops and other groups of youths, runs from mid-August through mid-June on Friday and Saturday nights. Children must be in second grade or above. Cost is $40 per person, including bed and board, with a 15-kid and four-adult minimum. Price includes admission to Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse and the lightship Chesapeake. Daytime tours are also offered: Sundays through Thursdays from 10 to 5:30 and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 6:30. $6, seniors $5, children 6-14 $3 (5 and younger free).

The Washington Post
Friday, April 26, 2002

Bunking Down On a Battleship

By Eugene L. Meyer
Washington Post Staff Writer

It has everything a sailor could want. Except a sail.

But for budding boatswains, a night on a 327-foot Coast Guard cutter in Baltimore's Inner Harbor is almost like going to sea while never leaving the dock. There's dinner in the mess, night watch on deck, sleeping in triple bunks with barely room to raise your head.

Such is life on the Taney, operated by the Baltimore Maritime Museum as a sort of instructional bed-and-breakfast for kids. In our case, we were 15 Webelos Cub Scouts and eight parents from Pack 209 in Silver Spring. In 17 hours -- from 5 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday -- the boys learned about the ship's history, what made the vessel go, how to navigate it and, oh yes, galley duty and cleaning the head.

The program, run with the nonprofit Living Classrooms Foundation, gives boys and girls a taste of life aboard a real ship, allowing them to get their sea legs without getting seasick.

Since the overnighters began five years ago, 5,125 kids have "crewed" on the Taney, the last warship still afloat to have been at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked the Pacific fleet harbored there, launching the United States into World War II.

The museum's fleet also includes the lightship Chesapeake and the Torsk, a World War II submarine. The three vessels -- docked off Pratt Street -- are, of course, retired from active duty, though the Coast Guard retains some say over the Taney, and the Navy keeps title to the sub. But the boats still see service every weekend when the children scamper aboard.

In October, the Taney is scheduled for a month of dry dock reconditioning, at which time the museum plans to open the sub for overnighters, a feature that will continue when the cutter returns.

On this night, there are three groups on board, a total of 59 Scouts and parents, and four educators. The group is divided into more manageable "watches" and schedules are tightly synchronized, so each gets the full curriculum. The rules are simple and few: no horseplay, no radios or tape players, no Walkmans.

Our little group has convoyed up I-95 to the parking lot nearest Pier 5 and the Taney (the parking fee is $6 overnight for Taney trekkers). At the gangplank, we are met by Ken Dudzik, a lawyer aspiring to be a teacher and one of a small cadre of paid weekend guides.

"Most aren't here for a paycheck," museum director John Kellett tells me later. "They are men and women really interested in working with kids and in the history."

Dudzik seems interested in both, and with patience and good humor he commands our eager and energetic little crew even as he teaches them.

Our group is split up, and my son, David, and I are assigned to Alpha Watch.

Early on, Dudzik takes us on a ship's tour, inside and out. The boys see where the guns were mounted, and they learn about "Plimsoll marks" on the boat's hull to measure the water's depth -- 24 feet dockside, with the boat's bottom 12 feet underwater. They learn about the wheelhouse and about the engine room down below.

"Is that too much information?" Dudzik asks. "It's not? Good."

The kids' final stop before dinner is the galley, where each is given a job. "I need some boys to make the spaghetti," Ken says. "I need you three guys to make the garlic bread. I got celery to cut up, cucumbers to cut up. I got green peppers. And I need an adult to supervise." David chops the green peppers -- a first for him.

On board the Taney, nautical history is also on the menu: The kids learn about the ship's service record, from its 1936 launch through World War II (in both the Pacific and North Atlantic), Korea and Vietnam to its decommissioning on Dec. 7, 1986. The ship's last job was interdicting drugs in the Caribbean.

Commands still come loud and clear through the ship's speaker system. At 8:20 p.m. the message is, "Now hear this: Alpha Watch, Pack 209, report to the ward room with your coats. We are going to the Torsk. That is all."

Waiting for another group to emerge first, the boys observe four seals asleep on huge boulders, an outdoor feature of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, which shares Pier 3 with the Torsk. A recorded voice warns that seals can bite, and they can die from eating coins or trash. The seals, however, seem singularly unimpressed by the boys' presence.

The night inspection of the Torsk takes Alpha Watch down the conning tower into the tight quarters below, once underwater home to 80 men. The Torsk logged 11,884 dives and fired torpedoes that sank the last enemy ship to be sunk, as World War II ended -- a Japanese frigate on Aug. 14, 1945.

But what impressed the boys most was that crew members could shower only once every three weeks. "Yes!" said several at once. "Anyone claustrophobic?" Dudzik asks inside the sub control room. "What does that mean?" David asks. "Feeling closed in," says Dudzik, who then sounds the klaxon bell, which had been used to signal a dive.

"This place is scary," David says.

Back on the Taney, the loudspeaker booms at 10:25: "Now hear this, crew of SS Taney, lights out in five minutes." But we're talking military time here, so 10:25 p.m. is 2225. That puts lights out at 2230.

Then the adults take turns on watch, checking the kids and walking on deck to "protect" the Taney from its urban environs. All watches are thankfully uneventful, and at 0630 (6:30 a.m. to landlubbers) the lights come on and reveille comes out of the loudspeaker. Talk about a rude awakening!

"Now hear this, now hear this," a voice announces at 0645, "the orders of the day are as follows . . ." While Beta Watch is preparing breakfast (pancakes, sausage, juice), Alpha Watch heads to the bridge deck to learn about navigation.

After eating, the boys swab the head and then get their gear, which they put on deck. The wrap-up is a "scavenger hunt," a fun quiz really, in which the kids wander the ship with clipboard, pencil and a list of things they must find and questions they must answer. "How do you spell Okinawa?" David asks along the way.

Then, after topside group photos, the boys get to toss pancake crumbs from the deck to the birds in the water. "It's like the high point of the weekend for them," notes Dudzik. "It's amazing."

© 2002 The Washington Post Company

More than 101 Neat Activity Ideas for Yorkshire Venture Crew 25

Submitted by former Crew 25, Yorkshire United Methodist Church:

Here are some ideas for our Venture Crew 25 program committee to consider. So that we can try to focus on what really interests you, please mark each of the following ideas in the left-hand margin of this page with a 1-5 rating as follows:

  1. WOW! - This is great. Sign me up. Let's do it immediately.
  1. Sounds good to me.
  1. Tell me more before I decide.
  1. I don't THINK so.
  1. No way, Jose!

  1. Spend a few days on a wagon train, a covered-wagon trip like the original pioneers crossing the West.
  2. Take a bicycle trip the length of the C. & O. Canal, camping along the way.
  3. Take the train from Lancaster to New York City Friday night to the Intrepid-Sea-Air-Space Museum, sleep on an Aircraft Carrier Friday and Saturday nights, tour the seaport there which has a submarine, a Navy destroyer, a Coast Guard Cutter, and a light ship, go roller or ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza (or see a Broadway Play), and return to Lancaster by train on Sunday. Also see ships at South Street Seaport.
  4. Go whitewater rafting in West Virginia.
  5. Take our crew through the Tuckahoe C. O. P. E. Course (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience), involving team and confidence-building exercises, rappelling, high wire elements, and a zip line.
  6. Canoe down the Delaware River from New Hope, Pa. to Washington Crossing State Park, spend night, canoe back up to New Hope on the Lehigh Canal.
  7. Canoe up the Lehigh Canal from New Hope, Pa. to Easton, Pa., then canoe back down the Delaware River to New Hope.
  8. Spend a few hours at Laser Quest.
  9. Go ice skating on a frozen pond.
  10. Go roller-skating.
  11. Have a dance.
  12. Have a square dance in an old barn.
  13. Work for a weekend helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity.
  14. Tour the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
  15. Tour the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
  16. Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro in Kenya, Africa. Read what it's like to climb this mountain.
  17. Climb Mt. Fuji in Japan.
  18. Visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  19. Visit Disney World.
  20. Visit the B.S.A. Florida Sea Base and spend a week sailing in the Florida Keys.
  21. Take a ten-day canoe trip in Maine.
  22. Go to the Adirondacks and climb Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York State.
  23. Take a rubber raft trip down through the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.
  24. Take a rubber raft trip on the Colorado River.
  25. Undertake an expedition to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, New Mexico.
  26. Go horseback riding.
  27. Do a Civil War re-enactment.
  28. Tour Washington, D.C.
  29. Go on a camping trip to Wizard Ranch.
  30. Go on a camping trip at John Paul Jones cabin near Otter Creek Recreation Area on the Susquehanna.
  31. Build a wooden raft and float down the Susquehanna River like Huck Finn.
  32. Take a canoe trip down the Susquehanna River in canoes, camping on an island, and fishing for our dinner.
  33. Take a ride in a single-engine airplane.
  34. Take a windjammer cruise on an authentic wooden schooner such as the Harvey Gamage for a few days of watch standing, open ocean sailing, etc. from Mystic Seaport, Connecticut.
  35. Take a trip to Cook Forest in Northeast Pennsylvania, the largest stand of virgin timber remaining in the State.
  36. Take a cruise down the Mississippi River on a steam-driven paddle wheel steamer.
  37. Go on an expedition to Northern Canada, Labrador, and/or Greenland to see the "Land of the Midnight Sun."
  38. Ride along with a truck driver on a long-distance run to Indiana and back.
  39. Tour the U.S. Naval Base at Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet.
  40. Tour the U.S. Army Ordinance Proving Ground at Aberdeen, Maryland.
  41. Go to see the Liberty Bell in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
  42. Go to a planetarium.
  43. Go to the moon.
  44. Just "hang out."
  45. Help some disadvantaged children have a better day.
  46. Help distribute food to the homeless and hungry.
  47. Visit the State Capitol at Harrisburg, a building President Theodore Roosevelt labeled as "the most beautiful state capitol building in the nation."
  48. Visit the William Penn Museum in Harrisburg.
  49. Take a road rally trip through the hills of West Virginia, following the line of march of the 87th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.
  50. Do the 10-mile hike of the battlefield at Gettysburg and earn the Gettysburg historic tail medal and patch.
  51. Earn the mile swim patch.
  52. Earn the "Fifty Miler" leather patch. - Done by Crew 25 on 1999 Philmont Expedition.
  53. Earn the "Historic Trails" award.
  54. Earn the Hornaday Award for significant contributions to the field of conservation.
  55. Visit the Washington Zoo.
  56. Visit a real (not tourist) Amish farm and spend a day helping with the farm work.
  57. Hike the York City historic trails and earn the patch that goes with it.
  58. Participate in the York250 Military Heritage Weekend encampment at Penn Park, August 19-21, 1999. - Done by Crew 25 on August 19-21, 1999.
  59. Go to the ninth Wizard Safari, last weekend in September 1999. - Done by Crew 25 in September, 1999.
  60. Do something you've always wanted to do but never got around to doing, or thought it would be impossible to do, such as ___________________________________.
  61. Spend a day at the Reading, Pa. Cliffhangers Rock-Climbing Gym. - Done by Crew 25 on December 5,1998.
  62. Spend a day with some ambulance crew paramedics.
  63. Go to Hell (actually, read that as Hell Township, on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean, so named for the black volcanic rock formations in the area).
  64. Do a western trail ride.
  65. Climb the Peaks of Otter and watch the sun rise over the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
  66. Spend time on a dude ranch.
  67. Climb Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah Mountains.
  68. Work with Crispus Attucks Community Center to help the residents of the neighborhood.
  69. Spend a weekend under qualified guidance living as the Indians native to the Susquehanna River area lived.
  70. Learn how to do auto body work and spray paint an automobile.
  71. Learn how to fill out a withholding declaration and prepare a Short Form 1040 federal Income Tax Return.
  72. Learn how to make change and operate a cash register.
  73. Spend a weekend in the Adirondacks at 30° below zero living in an igloo you built yourself.
  74. Go snowmobiling.
  75. Go deep-sea fishing.
  76. Have an expedition to the mountains of the Peruvian Andes.
  77. Attend a world Scout jamboree.
  78. Visit Gilwell Park in England, the home of world Scouting.
  79. Devise a way to reduce the prevalence of hate crimes in York County.
  80. Visit with some Chinese political asylum refugees at York County Prison.
  81. Work with Pastor Joan Marushkin to fix up 423 West Market Street, York to house Chinese detainees awaiting work papers.
  82. Go on a caving expedition. Done by Crew 25 on August 6-8, 1999.
  83. Go scuba diving.
  84. Have a car wash or other fundraiser for the benefit of the Crew treasury. Done by Crew 25 on June 19, 1999.
  85. Write, cast, produce, and direct a play about a topic chosen by the Crew. Fundraiser?
  86. Visit the Court House and watch a trial in progress (possibly a child abuse case?)
  87. Visit a fish hatchery.
  88. Plant tree seedlings to beautify the County for generations to come.
  89. Climb Mt. Denali in Alaska, the highest peak in North America.
  90. Find a way to reduce teen deaths from drunken driving.
  91. Canoe down the Yukon River across the Arctic Circle through Canada's Yukon Territory.
  92. Backpack the length of the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
  93. Hike Mt. Kathadin in Maine via Mahosic Notch, reputedly the toughest one-mile stretch on the entire Appalachian Trail.
  94. Have a soccer game with another Venture Crew.
  95. Go fly-fishing on the Big Horn River in Montana, and see where Custer made his last stand.
  96. Ride on a camel or an elephant.
  97. Hike across the volcanic crater of Mt. Haleakala on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands.
  98. Visit the lost city of Machu Pichu in Peru.
  99. Go camping among the wild ponies on Assateague Island. - Done by Crew 25 with Troop 25 on July 10-17, 1999.
  100. Hike to the summit of Mt. Lassen in California.
  101. Take a steam ship from Seattle to Glacier Bay, Alaska.
  102. Camp in Yosemite National Park and climb El Capitan.
  103. Go cross-country ski-touring in Utah and stay in a Yurt (a Mongolian hut).
  104. Walk the length of the Great Wall of China.
  105. Cook a gourmet dinner over a fire with a baked dessert.
  106. Go squirrel fishing in the park (with a peanut on the end of the line).
  107. Spend a day with a veterinarian.
  108. Spend a day working in a circus.
  109. Marine Corps dress parade (Retreat/Tattoo?) at 8th and I runs every Friday evening from May 1 to September. Advance tickets recommended. Apply by mail. - Done by Crew 25 on May 14, 1999.
  110. Think up some other neat ideas to do in our second year.
  111. Keep those cards and letters comming in, folks! (e-mails as well)
  112. Go to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, site of the Wright brothers first flight.
  113. Attent a football game at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md
  114. Go to Fall River, MA, and spend a weekend aboard the U.S.S. Massachusetts, a retired World War II battleship, and see the destroyer U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy.
  115. Go to an island in Alexandria Bay, half way between the U.S. and Canada.
  116. Tour Campabello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, summer home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  117. Attend a ship launching at Sparrows Point, MD, shipyard.
  118. Go fishing on a party boat.
  119. Hold a Exploring/Venturing Conference in April at the FBI Academy Training Center. Venturers will get a chance to shoot FBI weapons, tour the forensic lab, see the driver reaction course. Honor top Venturers, their advisors and crews. Why not look for a neat place that older teenagers would like to visit? I have also heard of councils holding Explorer/Venturer weekends at camp with different skill and fun events, in cluding a talent show at night. Let your imagination run wild!!!! Details available from Cooper Wright Advisor, Crew 1519 Alexandria, VA
  120. Capital Area Council, headquartered in Austin, TX is planning a Venturing Rondezvous in March 99, over spring break. It has, to this point, been organized by adults. The goal is to give crews and opportunity to have some fellowship and get to know one another. There will be some skill events during the day, giving some exposure to the Ranger Award areas. Why not organize, in the future, an "adventure race" type of event lasting three days, with 36 hours of events and scheduled rest time. Something along the line of the Eco-Challenge or Raid Gauloises. Envision events like orienteering, mountain biking, cross-country hiking, canoeing, climbing/rappelling, etc. Do it like an event that I saw on ESPN about eight years ago that was sponsored by Gore-Tex where all of the events happen in the winter, cross country skiing, biathalon, alpine skiing, snow cave building, ice climbing... Submitted by Jerry Dougherty
  121. Under the direction of the VOC (Venturing Officers' Cabinet) for the Utah National Parks Council: Winter Biathlon (under the direction & cooperation of local ROTC members and biathlon/sports crew), Late night bowling (this includes videos, popocorn, drinks, and of course lots of bowling), 5K fun runs (Spring & Fall), Feeding the homeless (this is in conjunction with the ELKS lodge in the area) this is usually the day before Thanksgiving each year, Survival of the Fittest/High Country Endurance (this rotates from the north, south, central areas of the council to avoid long travel times for crews). As their council is very spread out (it covers most of the state of Utah and parts of Southern Nevada) they try to rotate events throughout the council. Submitted by David Wilson VOC Advisor Crew 1984 UNPC uecc19-2@IDT.NET
  122. The Eastern Arkansas VOA is sponsoring a "Venturing Allnighter" which will include a "Discover Scuba" program conducted by a local dive shop, laser tag, midnight bowling, videos, basketball and volleyball and other activities. This was successful program last year and is being repeated later this month. Submitted by Andy Fulkerson, EAAC, VOA Advisor
  123. Basically, instead of actually planning a council event, how about having a "clearinghouse calendar" of sorts to post events that we are doing & inviting others to participate in. Reserve a weekend for Venturing at one of the Council camps this summer. Have a big canoeing event with 30-40 canoes going down a 9 mile section of a river. Camping overnight at a camp area that is not far from the getting-out point the next day. Sounds like fun. Have a very active Sea Scout unit host a day of sailing at the lake and, in conjunction with a professional shop, scuba diving one night in a pool. About 1 1\2 hours of classroom time for everyone, then into the water. Another unit that does a lot of caving is anxious to invite others to go with them on this activity. Other options would be things like a well-organized backpacking trek with appropriate sized crews & overnighting in a central area for fellowship, and hopefully plenty of opportunity for LNT exercises & teaching along the way. Submitted by Signe Rogers, Newton, KS, Advisor, Crew 007 (High Adventure), Santa Fe Trail District Venturing Program Chair, District Venturing Unit Commissioner, Quivira Council Venturing Committee.
  124. Tour the battleship U.S.S. Missouri and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. If you want information, the direct line is (808)423-2263. If a group of you go, you can obtain advance reservations from Waikiki at (877)MIGHTYMO. Address is USS Missouri Memorial Assn, Box 6339, Honolulu 96818.
  125. The Greater St. Louis Area Council has one of the largest populations of Venturers in the country and as such, has some outstanding activities to satisfy everyone. In the fall, they hold a weekend at a local Scout camp full of fun. They call it "Fall Fun Rally." 1999's festivities included a "battle of the bands" (where live teen bands come in and play) on Friday night (and part of Saturday's early morning like about 2am) and plenty of activity during the day. Some of the activities included orienteering with the U.S. Army Reserve, skateboarding tricksters showing off their stuff, a traveling exibit from the St. Louis Zoo, sporting activities, an much more. Saturday night saw an official U.S. Flag Burning Ceremony preformed by a Crew. After that they had Officer elections, followed by a dance in the lodge. Over 400 Venturers and Explorers came out to participate. Other activities have included: a ski night, a lock-in at the St. Louis Science Center, and "Swift Preview Weekend," which is an introduction to the biggest event of the year. While other councils have a week of summer camp for Venturers, they have SIX! As a matter of fact, they have an entire camp dedicated to the use of Venturers and Explorers. A Sampling of the activities: Water-skiing, volleyball, mountain biking, kayaking, basketball, swimming, rock climbing, rappelling, tennis, fishing, hiking and much more. Submitted by Kevin Kreitner

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