BRINNON - The Boy Scouts of Troop 28 Long Beach wrapped up a successful summer of scouting by taking their largest group of scouts yet to Camp Parsons, located near the town of Brinnon, on the Hood Canal.
Camp Parsons is part of the Chief Seattle Council and is situated on the scenic Olympic Peninsula. Camp Parsons is one of the oldest Scout camps in America, providing wilderness adventure to Scouts and Scouters since 1919.
Special features include the climbing tower, 16-position rifle and archery ranges, and the Fort Dukabush museum. Swimming, canoeing, and sailing in the saltwater aquatics area are other popular activities available to visitors.
The scouts took advantage of the opportunities offered them, coming home with over 50 merit badges in Emergency Preparedness, Wilderness Survival, Archeology, Fingerprinting, Archery, Art, Rifle, Leatherworking, Oceanography, Rowing, Swimming, Geology, First Aid, Canoeing, Indian Lore, Environmental Science, and Woodworking.
In addition, two scouts, Owen Sutherland and Zach Wilson earned the BSA Lifeguard credentials. This involved spending several hours each day in and around the Hood Canal waters, demonstrating proficiency necessary to earn the 'Lifeguard" status.
Gabe Cook also went the extra distance while earning the Rifle merit badge. The Marksmanship Qualification Program in the small bore rifle discipline sponsored by Winchester and the National Rifle Association provided Gabe the opportunity to become qualified in the following three areas: Marksman, Marksman First Class, and Pro-Marksman by successfully completing the requirements set forth in the official 4-Position Rifle Qualification course of Fire.
Summer camp can be one of the great experiences in the life of a Scout. Each program, merit badge, and evening campfire will linger in memory for years to come.
A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP Morning: Troops gather for the morning flag ceremony and meal at the dining hall. After breakfast, sessions are scheduled for advancement or merit badge work. Adults may attend leader meetings, special training, and other activities.
Afternoon: Lunch is followed by scheduled "troop time" and free time. Activity areas are open including programs for older scouts.
Evening: After evening assembly and dinner, there is a Scouts Own chapel service. Following chapel, troops can schedule to visit their favorite program area for troop time.
Campfire Programs: campfires are held each night, either camp-wide at the campfire bowl or in a troop site for a "friendship campfire." The programs can be fun and inspirational with good planning, good participation and creativity.
SCOUTING'S BOTTOM LINE What happens to a Scout? For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:
4 will become Eagle Scouts
17 will become future Scout volunteers
12 will have their first contact with a church
1 will enter the clergy
5 will earn their church award
18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life
8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system
1 will use Scouting skills to save his own life
1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person
Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation-wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:
85 percent of student concil presidents were Scouts
89 percent of senior class presidents were Scouts
80 percent of junior class presidents were Scouts
75 percent of school publication editors were Scouts
71 percent of football captains were Scouts
Scouts also account for:
64 percent of Air Force Academy graduates
68 percent of West Point graduates
70 percent of Annapolis graduates
72 percent of Rhodes Scholars
85 percent of F.B.I. agents
26 of the first 29 astronauts
Are you interested in scouts? If your son is in the first through fifth grade and is interested in Cub Scouts, call Rena Stinner at 642-4758. For boys sixth grade and above that are interested in Boy Scouts, contact Tom Sutherland at 642-4802.