Boy Scouts of America

Created: Tuesday, 21 August 2007 Written by Gary Elsbernd Print Email

I have been associated with the Boy Scouts of America since 1976.  It helps with character and outdoor skills and exposes Scouts to fields of study and industry that we wouldn’t get without it.

I was a Cub Scout for three years (this was before Tiger Cubs), a Webelos Scout for a year, and a Boy Scout for eight years, including getting my Eagle Scout award.  After that I was an adult leader through college for two years.  In this time, I was inducted and made a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow (a National Honor Camping Society), rose to a Shaman in the Tribe of Mic-o-Say (an honor camping society at Bartle Scout Reservation in Missouri) and was named Kansas Catholic Scout of the Year in 1983 by the Knights of Columbus.  I’ve camped more than 250 nights with Scouts at various venues.  To say I was into it was an understatement.  Through all of it, great leaders and even better friends are what kept me going.

Years ago, when my sons were old enough to join, I became an adult leader again. I am currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 175 in Topeka ( ) and the Council Webmaster for the Jayhawk Area Council (www.jayhawkcouncilorg ).  I sit on the Council Technology Committee and for the past two years have run the GPS Adventure program for the council, with activities at Summer Camps and camporees. I have completed Wood Badge training and have been on staff for WB.  I was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to the Council.  More than 25 years of my life have been in khaki.

I suppose I’ll always have a soft spot for Scouting, and will continue to be involved in one way or another for as long as they’ll have me.