Day 4 – June 14, 2018

Agenda for the Day


7:00 AM Breakfast Dining Tent
7:50 AM Break
8:00 AM Gilwell Field Assembly Gilwell Field
8:30 AM Model Campsite, Campsite Set-up Activity Field
10:00 AM Leading Change Gilwell Hall
10:50 AM Break
11:00 AM Patrol Leaders’ Council PLC Area
11:00 AM Chaplain Aide meeting Chaplain Area
11:30 AM Lunch prep, Lunch, Clean-up Patrol Campsite
1:00 PM Generations in Scouting Gilwell Hall
1:45 PM Ticket Counselor Process Gilwell Hall
1:55 PM Problem Solving & Decision Making Gilwell Hall
2:25 PM Problem Solving Round Robin Activity Field
3:45 PM Break
3:55 PM Self-Assessment
4:25 PM Patrol Meeting Patrol Campsite
5:25 PM Dinner prep, Dinner, Clean-up Patrol Campsite
6:45 PM Diversity Game Patrol Campsite
8:00 PM Participant Campfire Campfire Ring
9:00 PM Cracker Barrel Dining Tent


Yesterday’s Highlights


Program Patrol Day 4: FOX

Service Patrol Day 4: ANTELOPE


Axe and Log

The axe and log is the totem of Gilwell Park. It was conceived by the first Camp Chief, Francis Gidney, in the early 1920s to distinguish Gilwell Park from the Scout Headquarters. Gidney wanted to associate Gilwell Park with the outdoors and Scoutcraft rather than the business or administrative Headquarters offices. Scouters present at the original Wood Badge courses regularly saw axe blades masked for safety by being buried in a log. Seeing this, Gidney chose the axe and log as the totem of Gilwell Park.

Kudu horn

During his military service in Africa, Baden-Powell observed members of the Matabele tribe blowing on the horn of a kudu to signal to one another. He brought a kudu horn back to England with him, and in the summer of 1907 when he held his first experimental camp on Brownsea Island, Baden-Powell sounded the horn to assemble his campers. The same horn was entrusted to Gilwell Park in 1920 for use in Scout training courses. Since that time, the kudu horn has been a symbol of Wood Badge courses throughout the world.


High Adventure

Nobody offers more exhilarating or a wider variety of high adventure for young people than the Boy Scouts of America. Through high adventure experiences, The Boy Scouts of America leaves lasting memories with youth and fosters development in character and leadership. Challenge yourself at BSA’s High Adventure Bases. From the aquatic adventures of Florida Sea Base to the canoeing or winter camping challenge of Northern Tier, from the backpacking expeditions at Philmont Scout Ranch to the adventure sports programs at The Summit Bechtel Reserve, these experiences will shape you and teach you about yourself. Will you answer the call?


Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America’s premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.

Fire Update (June 12, 11 AM): The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont) and 92% contained. There are 244 personnel including 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines, and 4 water tenders working this fire.


Northern Tier

Come to Northern Tier for a whole new level of adventure, up north! From incredible canoe journeys to wild winter wilderness camping, Northern Tier promises the Scouting adventure of a lifetime in the Great North Woods of northern Minnesota and Canada.




Florida Sea Base

Florida Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. They operate 15 different adventures out of four locations: two in the Florida Keys, one in the US Virgin Islands, and one in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. Activities include sailing, scuba diving, fishing, snorkling, aquatic STEM, and rustic island camping.



The Summit

The Paul R. Christen High Adventure Base at the Summit offers programs utilizing one of the greatest natural resources in the eastern United States: The New River Gorge. Activities include climbing, canopy tours, zip lines, archery, shooting sports, BMX, mountain biking, skateboard, kayaking and river rafting.




Critter Corral


The Beaver Patrol wants to begin by sending a special thanks to the
heavens above for supporting the local leadership (John and the SPL)
by sending a short downpour at 7am sharp to reinforce the importance
of being assembled for breakfast ON-TIME! The heavens also continued
to cooperate throughout the day which made for a pleasant day of

A highlight of the day was the Interfaith Religious Service that Damon
Heasley so expertly prepared for us. In addition to enjoying the
beautiful outdoor setting Damon pointed out the beautiful songs that
were being sung by all of the different birds that the Foxes, Owls,
Eagles and other predatory critters haven’t eliminated from our midst!
Let’s all take time to stop and smell the flowers!… and listen to
the birds!!!

We also wanted to express our support of both organizations that were
discussed at the religious service (World Fellowship Fund and World
Organization of the Scout Movement) and on behalf of our patrol I
commit to donate the money that Amanda Clancy resisted “opening her
fist for” during our Conflict Resolution discussion.

Finally, thank you to John Tickle for stopping by and for all that he
has done to support the BSA and the SBR!!!

Looking forward to movie night!!!

Is anything better than a Beaver?!? Gnaw!!!



Bobwhite Haiku



Morning church service
Scouting’s outdoor cathedral
Conservation ROCKS!!



Some famious quotes to ponder….

If I were an animal, I would be an EAGLE.Jamie Foxx

Don’t hoot like an owl, soar like an EAGLE…..Ken Blanchard

You can put wings on a buffalo, but you dont make it an EAGLE…..William I. Clinton
There is an EAGLE in me that wants to soar, and there is a fox in me that wants to hide in a hole…..Carl Sandburg
You cannot fly like an EAGLE with the wings of a bobwhite…..William Henry Hudson
I’ve always believed that the greater danger is not aiming too high, but too low, settling for a beaver rather than shooting for an EAGLE…..Peter Scott
Fate is not an EAGLE, it creeps like a bear….Elizabeth Bowen
First I shall name the EAGLE, of which there are three species: the great grey EAGLE is the largest, of great strength and high flight; he chiefly preys on antelope and other young quadrueds….William Bartram
The EAGLE has landed!…..Neil Armstrong
EAGLES SOAR!!!!….WB@SBR1 Eagle Patrol



What a great way to start our day

An inspiring interfaith worship and some inspirational words from Mr Tickle and the future National Leadership Center at the Summit Bechtel Reserve



Unfortunately we were silent yesterday, so today I would like to take the opportunity to introduce our members. A quick fact regarding owls is a group of owls is called a parliament. Our group or parliament is working through our projects and has bonded well together. And now I would like to take a moment to introduce the owls:

Kristen hails form the great state of Nebraska but migrated to Texas after leaving the nest. She preys on marketing strategy for the Boy Scouts of America.

Kent migrated form Chico, California to Las Vegas Nevada after graduating from Chico State. I am happily married and the proud father of two. Which I would to have leave the nest once they are finished with college. I am currently no involved with the BSA and hope to volunteer once I complete the Woodbadge program.

Kelly is from San Jose, California and travels to Las Vegas weekly for her role with Yamagata Enterprises. She is new to scouting but has always enjoyed the outdoors, reading, and cooking.  Who, owl!!

David is from Carmel, Indiana and the Crossroads of America Council, but originally from Nashville, Tennessee.  After 35 years, he retired from Eli Lilly and Company as director of global marketing operations.  He has been involved in Scouting since 2000 when his son joined Cubs.  In 2005, he crossed over to Boy Scouts.  Over that time he has been Asst Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Scoutmaster, and Eagle Advisor.  In Council roles, he is currently Vice President of Program for Crossroads, training chair, and chancellor of university of scouting and Commissioner College.  He has a real interest in growing effective programming  to help drive improving recruiting and retention of Scouts.

And, the delayed post from yesterday…

Owl team members continue to molt their owlet training feathers and are beginning to come into his/her own as part of the parliament. We have experienced all stages of team development through our activities today. We especially enjoy egging on the other critters during the “Performing” stage!

We are beginning to realize the strengths of each individual and are learning to leverage those strengths within the nest.

The Rocket Challenge gave us a unique opportunity to further refine and practice these skills. It was a BLAST!




The bears are on the right track! Today we completed our project, worked on our tickets and survived! We attended some great training on conservation projects and gained insight on more leadership skills. We had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Tickle!! That was great! The day was “bear”able!






Report from Buffalo Patrol for Gilwell Gazette

The highlight of the day for this Buffalo was they Interfaith Service; very inspirational and I loved the rendition of Amazing Grace that we sang to the Eagles tune of I’ve Got An Easy Kind of Feeling!

Great sessions during the day on Conservation and another on Conflict Resolution.  It was a special treat to have philanthropist, John D Tickle come by our Patrol meeting and talk about the importance of Scouting to him.  Two things resonated with me; Leaders should train more leaders and volunteers is what makes Scouting great!

Afternoon session working on Patrol Project and Wood Badge tickets.

Busy day for Buffaloes!  Tatonka!





Antelopes again led the pack by providing more leadership in the form of the new troop bugler (can you guess which Scott this is?).

On day 2, the Antelope patrol showed its spirit by launching our US/Russian-engineered antelope rocket high into the West Virginian skies. Our team was given an award for best teamwork throughout the process of building and launching the rocket.

We continued our teamwork throughout Day 3 as we worked with our troop guide on our vision statements and tickets. We also made significant progress on our patrol project, and we are feeling more prepared for the outdoor experience.


We also had the rare opportunity of enjoying lunch with Lord Baden Powell (pronounced “pole”), aka Russell Smart. He shared his experience of learning about, sharing and acting as Lord Baden-Powell over the last 20 years. This experience was one of the most memorable here at camp.






Trivia! Part 1

How well do you know your scout stuff and your staff stats? Click on the question to see the answer. No cheating!

  1. What year did scouting come to America?
  2. Director of the Summit
  3. The highest award in Venturing
  4. Staff member who was a boy scout youth in South Dakota
  5. International Scout Centre in Switzerland
  6. Staff member who was instrumental is developing a mountain boarding activity at the Summit
  7. Which basic scouting knot is considered a rescue knot?
  8. Staff member who went through Wood Badge with his daughter in 2016.
  9. Term for the area around a person using a knife, saw, or axe, the radius of which includes the extended arm plus the sharp instrument.
  10. Staff member who received his Wood Badge beads on the Consol Energy Bridge at the Summit
  11. What is the map symbol for an unimproved dirt road?
  12. Staff member who was a college mascot
  13. Scoutmaster for the first official US Wood Badge course in 1948
  14. Staff member who is a school board president
  15. Can cub scouts earn special boy scout awards like the 50-Miler or Mile Swim?
  16. Staff member who lost a battle with a BMX bike at the Summit
  17. How far from lakes and streams should you dispose of gray water?
  18. Staff member who currently resides in Hawaii

Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid. – Albert Einstein


I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything.  – Condoleezza Rice