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Subject: Re: Non-Trad Summer=?ISO-8859-1?B?oA==?= Camp - OA (long)

From: Bob Geier (bobgeier@UMICH.EDU)

Date: 12:22, Jul 17 2003

> I would have a difficult time telling them that the work they invested in

> participating in something of this type, their efforts to insure full

> compliance with BSA requirements (to include eliminating items from their

> itinerary that are perfectly acceptable in New Zealand but are prohibited in

> the G2SS), planning, and all the rest wouldn't count for a "long term camp".

But come on, Franco... it wasn't run by the council, and that's a _rule_....

< wink > .

What a great trip! Kudos to your scouts or venturers who put that together, especially the added exchange pieces. What a riot!

We're in the process of packing up for a biking trip in Denmark, with a similar exchange with a Danish scout troop that have been keyboard pals with us for at least a year. As usual, we adults were TOTALLY not expecting this trip plan to come from the youth leaders (we were thinking it was looking like Seabase...). Silly us.

Plans have come together, fundraising has worked. The itinerary they've worked out with their counterparts is very sound. Best part of all, they're letting the old guy CR come along because he's one of the adults who is able to get the time off! It's kind of them. I can't wait to see them in action... they've even been learning Danish for the last five months!

Three weeks bicycle camping (and sea kayak camping) in Denmark on their own plan, vs. a week in traditional summer camp. Hmmm.... somehow, I think we can see our way to counting this for OA or camping MB. Of course, these are the kids that are also generating the ideas for a "non-traditional" homebrew summer camp experience.

Thanks for the post, hat's off to your youth, and an official "Scout Salute" to the adults who gave them the freedom and support to do something really special.









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