Occupation? I am a planner for the transit district in Salem called Cherriots (similar to TriMet here in the Portland Metro area).
Why do you think kids should consider Scouting? It’s a lot of fun, and you’ll get to go to some amazing places in scouts that you may not have a chance to do if you don’t join a troop.
Why do you think parents should consider Scouting for their kids? Kids make lasting friendships in scouting and learn valuable things such as leadership skills, which aren’t easily taught in the classroom. Scouting attracts some of the greatest kids, and it’s great to foster good friendships for your kids.
What was the funniest thing that happened while Scouting? While sailing in the San Juan Islands (Washington State), our troop had water balloon fights between sailboats using giant sling shots. We also used giant clams (geoducks) for ammo, which was really gross, but also hilarious!
What was the most amazing thing that happened to you while Scouting? I got to do a lot of high adventure things like going for a 100-mile backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, climbing Mt. Hood, and shooting clay pigeons with a shotgun.
Occupation? Electronics Engineer
Why did you join Scouting? To spend time with my son.
What do you most like about Scouting? Going on outings with my son and his friends. The places we’ve camped have been amazing.
Why do you think kids should consider Scouting? I think kids should consider scouting to become more independent and to appreciate the natural world and to gain skills. To learn to be better people.
Why do you think Parents should consider Scouting for their kids? Same reasons as above. But it’s really nice seeing the kids learn so many skills. As parents it’s also nice to have an activity that focuses on developing kids into good people. (And it’s inexpensive!)
What was the funniest thing that happened while Scouting?One night we didn’t lock our food securely and racoons broke in and then they took a backpack back with them into the woods. We had to rescue it!
What was the most amazing thing that happened to you while Scouting? As a Dad, it was seeing my son overcome adversity and carry a heavy pack two miles up a steep hill. As an Assistant Scoutmaster it was when a boy fell on a bike outing and really hurt his arm. All the other boys rallied around and made him a sling from their clothes, basically taking care of him and the situation without panicking.
Occupation? I am a consultant implementing software solutions for businesses.
Why did you join Scouting? To spend time with my son out of doors.
What do you most like about Scouting? The outings. We have lovely locations, and I enjoy watching the scouts build skills, experience, and maturity.
Why do you think kids should consider Scouting? You’ll build skills, become more self-sufficient and self-confident, learn about society, and build the practice of setting and achieving long-term goals.
Why do you think Parents should consider Scouting for their kids? It’s good for them, and they become better humans and members of society. There’s also the aspect that they’ll be away on outings from time to time, so you can have a more regular date night 😊
What was the funniest thing that happened while Scouting?
I enjoy taking photos of napping adult leaders.
What was the most amazing thing that happened to you while Scouting? Watching and helping scouts transition from being young and tentative, to becoming responsible, capable young adults.