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About sergeantforbes

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  • Location
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Occupation
    Technical Sales
  • Interests
    Birding/bird photography
    International Travel
  • Biography
    6 years youth membership & 10 years as an adult leader
    Asst Scoutmaster, Troop 14, St. Cloud, MN (1986-1987)
    Asst Scoutmaster, Troop 38, Augsburg, Germany (1989-1991)
    Scoutmaster, Troop 195, Minneapolis, MN (1991-1993)
    Merit Badge Counselor, Northern Lights District (2012-present)
    Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Counselor (2014-present)
    Den Leader, Pack 582, Rogers, MN (2012-2015)
    BSA International Committee, Northern Star Council (2013-present)
    Pack Committee Chair, Pack 582, Rogers, MN (2015-2017)
    Pack Trainer, Pack 582, Rogers, MN (2017-)
    Asst Scoutmaster, Troop 582, Rogers, MN (2017-)
    Led BSA contingents to Intercamp (the European Int'l Scout Jamboree) in Belgium (1990) & Germany (1991)
    Led a contingents to a Scouts Canada camp in Thunder Bay (2015) & hosted Canadian Scouts at camp in Minnesota (2016)
    Headed BSA Contingent to Iceland International Jamboree ( 2016), made presentations to US Ambassador and President of Iceland
    Exhibitor, University of Scouting, Northern Star Council (2013-2016)
    Instructor, College of Wilderness Knowledge (2016)

    Arrow of Light (1980)
    Order of the Arrow Member (Ordeal; 1984-1986)
    Eagle Scout (1986)
    German Interpreter Strip (1986)
    Russian Interpreter Strip (1989)
    Certificate of Achievement from the Augsburg Military Community Commander for service as Asst. Scoutmaster (1991)
    National Eagle Scout Association (2008-2016)
    Scouter's Training Award (1993 & 2017)
    International Activity Award (2012)
    Morse Code Interpreter Strip (2012)
    Amateur Radio Operator Rating Strip (2013)
    Tiger Den Leader Training Award (2013)
    Den Leader Training Award (2014 & 2015)
    Aurora Borealis Award, Northern Lights District (2014)
    15-year Veteran Award
    District Outstanding Committee Chair, Northern Lights District (2016)
    International Scouter's Award (2016)
    International Spirit Award (2016)
    Safe Swim Defense (2016)
    Safety Afloat (2016)
    Weather Hazards (2016)
    Climb On Safely (2016)
    Trek Safely (2016)
    Generational Diversity (2016)
    Committee Member (2015)
    Den Leader (2013 & 2014)
    Tiger Den Leader (2012)
    Youth Protection (2012-2016)
    University of Scouting (2012-2016)
    Leave No Trace Outdoor Awareness Certificate (2015)
    Wood Badge Winter Course C1-250-14-1, Owl Patrol (2014)
    American Heart Association Adult & Child CPR & Defibrillator certification (2013; 2016)
    Scoutmaster Fundamentals I, II & III (1990)
    Amateur Radio License (1982-present)

    Service to youth outside of scouting:
    Short-term Missions trip to Honduras, bringing clothing & medicine to poor children (2015)
    Judge, Minnesota State High School Russian Language Competition (5 different years from 2008 to 2014)
    Hosted a Lions International Youth Exchange student from Poland (2013)
    Annual guest speaker at Rogers Elementary school on the topics of living abroad, international travel, world geography & STEM careers (2011-2016)
    Volunteer, Rogers Area Youth Wrestling (2016)
    Led a coat drive for a nonprofit organization, supplying more than 5,000 coats to children in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan (2010)
    Sunday School Teacher (junior high & high school) (2005-2006)

    Civic involvement:
    Minnesota Senate District 34 Convention Delegate (2014-present)
    US Presidential Campaign Precinct Captain (2015-2016)
    Rogers Lions Club, Lion of the Month (Aug 2010 & June 2011); Secretary (2010-2011)
    Lions Clubs Int'l, MN District 5M5, Governor's Award (2010)
    Rapport Afghanistan (nonprofit): Board of Directors (2010 - 2013)
    Trained Biblical Lay Counselor (2011-present)
    Small Group Ministry Leader (2003-2012)
    Raised $5,000 for the American Stroke Association, running the Kona (Hawaii) Marathon (2006)
    Lions Clubs International (Rogers Lions Club, perfect attendance 2009-2014)
    American Legion (1998-2000; 2017-)

    Professional career:
    International expert on foreign topographic maps
    Sold maps that have been featured on ABC World News Tonight & in numerous Hollywood films & used by NATO & the United Nations
    International Conference speaker
    Traveled to 32 countries
    Military Intelligence Veteran of an overseas NSA listening station; held Top Secret/SCI security clearance
    Interviewed by Wired Magazine & cited as a subject matter expert in an article on Cold War mapping: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/secret-cold-war-maps/
  1. I would also be interested in getting the medals for the following historic trails in Minnesota: L'Etoile Du Nord Historic Trail 1862 US-Dakota War Historic Trail I don't know for sure whether medals were ever issued for these trails, however. Patches are available. Any information would be appreciated.
  2. I would like to buy or trade for some Historic Trail Medals, as follows: Fort Snelling (Minnesota) Heidelberg (Germany) Vienna (Austria) I have patches for all of these, but never got the medals. I hiked the Heidelberg and Vienna Historic Trails when I was an ASM with the Transatlantic Council back in 1990-1991. Any help would be greatly appreciated by this veteran scouter. YIS, Geoff
  3. I would like to buy one of the green jac-shirts that were produced from 2003-2009: Olive Green Wool Shirt Jacket ADULT Medium or Large I need an adult Medium or Large. I have found other sizes for sale on eBay, but other sizes won't work for me. I have not found any of these anywhere else (Amazon, MN Trade-o-Ree, etc.). Any help would be greatly appreciated by this veteran scouter. Thanks! Geoff
  4. I am interested in buying one of these OD green Jac-Shirts. If anyone has one available in good condition, please let me know. I imagine I need an adult Large. geoffreyforbes<a>hotmail.com
  5. Hello, Fellow Scouters! I just joined this forum. I first registered as an adult scout leader in 1986 in St. Cloud, Minnesota; then was an ASM in Germany from 1990-1991; Scoutmaster of an inner city troop from 1992-1993; and then was inactive until I had my own sons. I became a Tiger den leader 5 years ago and joined the International Committee for the Northern Star Council (Minneapolis-St. Paul) 3 years ago. I'm a merit badge counselor for a number of merit badges, and have led contingents to several international scout jamborees. Glad to be in good company with all of you :-) I'm put
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