Dave's closing blog entry

Somewhere over New Brunswick. Our itinerary fortuitously saved the best for last. The rain couldn't spoil the goodwill that was evident everywhere at the Jamboree. Every one of our Scouts can recount numerous stories of meeting young men and women from every continent, and at least one of them did so in the other Scout's language. Several of our guys are already plotting how they might attend another event like this, or to travel abroad with a school group. As Hatcher remarked in the early evening drizzle on Friday, "it was the best day of the trip." I initially mistook him for saying it was the best day of his life, but he clarified THAT was the day he first tasted chocolate and peanut butter together. While the trip sometimes resembled a festival of moleskin and sleep deprivation, it laid down indelible individual and corporate memories. The parent in me hopes that our Scouts will go on to study European history with an appreciation for how great ideas and incomprehensible sacrifice painfully won democratic freedoms against enormous odds in societies that were often cruel and unjust. At the same time, the part of me that is a Scout leader will never forget the times I was present, in a chapel within the walls of Windsor Castle, at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, while running the trails of Brownsea Island, or strolling the narrow, crooked streets of the Latin Quarter, to hear our Scouts express wise and unexpected insights. The Scouts of Troop 15 can undoubtedly be goofy, and often downright gross, but on this trip, their radar was switched fully on when it really mattered. -Dave

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Bob Eskew wrote:
It is with much anticipation that we await the return of the great Troop 15. Partly to hear of the many adventures which will surely mold those who were there, but selfishly to greet my son at the airport! I appreciate all the blogs which were posted amidst the chaos of international travel across multiple time zones. We eagerly logged on to hear the latest news from... "Where are they today?" I want to thank all the adults who helped plan,fundraise and travel with our young men giving them the experience of a lifetime. It would be difficult to overstate the experience in terms of helping the scouts understand how small the world is and how dependent we are on one another. I was struck by the pictures of Brownsea Island with haunting echoes of Lord Baden-Powell saying "Follow me boys!", of Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery realizing those ;incredibly brave men were not far removed from their own scouting days.Many trips of this nature are portrayed in terms of fostering better understanding among peoples. However, I hold a suspicion rarely are they as poignant. In closing, a huge debt of gratitude goes to Brent Wheelbarger and James Sweatt who never stop daring our young men to dream. With that I say, "Godspeed Troop 15 and well done!"

Sun, July 31, 2011 @ 8:38 PM

2. Drew wrote:
Much thanks to all of the adults who took thier time and money to make such an impact on these young men's lives.

Merci beaucoup

Sun, July 31, 2011 @ 9:35 PM

3. tony wrote:
i bet you had a blast

Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 11:45 AM

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