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    cub scout day camp, Camp Belzer, Camp Chank-tun-un-gi, patch collector
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    Boy Scout, Eagle scout, cub scout day camp staff member, Minisino(Firecrafter), Ordeal Member(OA)

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  1. IndyScouter

    Changing BSA's Image

    Thank you Rick_in_CA for this video. I am fairly new to the site and had not seen it before now. This clip is GREAT! After I started it, I thought it was just another safety video and I almost clicked it off but the last few seconds of the video changing from past to present made it very powerful. It sums up all of how I view my training as a youth in Scouting. Not all lessons I learned were as powerful as this video but as I continue through life there are constant reminders that my trail to eagle was a series of life skills/lessons that I could use along the way to make the road of life easier. It was not just a check box list of accomplishments. I felt that I became a more productive citizen due to these lessons. Each time I see another lesson already learned from my past, I say a small prayer of thanks to my scout leaders who spent the time to guide me to the future. I agree with Rick on using this video as PR for Scouting. I am sure many scenarios just like this situation can be made to explain to the community how scouting can be an asset to youth of today. What parent doesn't want their son or daughter prepared for the future?
  2. IndyScouter

    Dutch Oven Apple Brown Betty

    Hmmmm...Dutch oven treats made during an October weekend campout. Brings back memories of the old troop. My mouth is watering already.
  3. IndyScouter

    Indiana's Camp Red Wing for sale...

    I agree Prof. Hate to see some of the old CAC camps be sold off. Spent many weekends on camp outs and Firecrafter rituals at both Red Wing and Bear Creek as a youth and an adult. I feel sad for the scouts who have spent years keeping the scouting spirit alive at each camp.
  4. I need some help trying to identify the following set of felt patches. They all originated from Camp Chank-tun-un-gi(now called Camp Belzer) located in Indianapolis. I am trying to find any history that anyone can provide about these vintage felt patches. I am guessing they were all pre-1948 since the camp name changed in honor of "Chief Belzer". There could be additional patches with this same design. Any information the forum can provide would be helpful.
  5. IndyScouter

    Shooting Sports in Scouting’s Program

    I will encourage you to keep up the push for your course. As I stated in my post, our council had adults who saw the importance of gun education in the 70s and proved that it could be a great benefit to the youth if we'll done. It was only at my first National Camping School in the early 80s that I saw National bring out the first demo of a gun range and how to teach it to the youth. At the same school one of the school instructors 👍pulled me to the side after the demo and asked me how our leaders were doing with the program. Based on what I saw they had used our successful program to teach others. There always has to be one to lead the way.
  6. IndyScouter

    Shooting Sports in Scouting’s Program

    I think we should always continue teaching our youth about gun safety. At our local cub scout day camp we started doing so since the mid 70s. We felt that exposing the cubs and webelos at an early age to a BB gun was extremely important. They needed to see adults treat the guns with respect and see that an unloaded gun by itself is not dangerous. It is what the handler intends to do with it that can be the dangerous part. We did not have shooting issues in the schools at that time period but it was more of an issue of a child finding a gun for the first time and the curiosity it can bring. We wanted our campers to know what they should do if they found one and how to use one in a safe manner under safe conditions.
  7. IndyScouter

    Greetings from Indiana

    Excellent. You can actually solve a long standing question that many of us having been having the last few years. One of the staff photos had been marked as 1982 and I was fairly certain that it was 1983, the year that you worked. I am going to attach the staff photos for that year. I do believe I found you in the back right of the photo. Can you verify you see yourself? As long as you are certain that you worked only during 1983, then we will work on making sure we change it back the way I remembered it.
  8. IndyScouter

    Life scout from Indiana

    Hey Beastlygaming, Just started on this site, saw your goals and had to comment. Since it has been over a year, I wanted to know if you made XXX and/or Eagle. Sounds like you had some great scouting goals. Even though I now live in Fort Wayne area, I still have strong ties to CAC from my younger days and I managed to earn both. If you haven't thought about it you might consider working at cub scout day camp. It is a great way to continue your work with younger scouts just getting started. I loved working at Camp Belzer during the summer for many years. I worked side by side with many teenage scouts who were interested in continuing their scouting trail just like me.
  9. IndyScouter

    Greetings from Indiana

    Ok. I have been trying to strain my brain and think about your last name. Is your last name Arnold? The 100 yr anniversary was awesome. A bit hot but was great to see many old faces. I can't wait to see how XXX can top it in 2020.
  10. IndyScouter

    Greetings from Indiana

    Thanks Prof, Ok, we had to work with each other if you were on staff in 1983. You might know me as "Uncle Dougie". It still is a great camp! Long love Chief Belzer...
  11. IndyScouter

    Greetings from Indiana

    Thanks Ssscout. Yes, I agree about never leaving scouts. Once an Eagle...Always an Eagle. It just gets in your blood and that is an infection for which there is no cure. How about some hot chocolate with marshmallows? I am still just a kid at heart
  12. IndyScouter

    Greetings from Indiana

    I am a former Boy Scout that started back in the mid to late 70's and just never stopped. At age 13 I was introduced to the wonderful world of cub scout day camp staff by my parents who thought a teenage boy should do something more than eat, sleep, and watch tv all summer long. Although I thought my parents were wrong, I obeyed with their wishes and ended up working 25 summers. I spent the off camp months as a high school teacher. Now that I have long retired from camp life, I spend my quiet times searching for historical facts, patches, etc. from Camp Belzer's(Chank-tun-un-gi) 100+ years of service to Indianapolis scouts. I stumbled on to this site the other day when one of the patches we used was mentioned in one of the posts. Any information anyone has offer about the camp would be welcomed with open arms.
  13. IndyScouter

    Here's another mystery patch

    This is a Webelos Camper award. It is a part of a Boy Scout program run by the Firecrafters within Crossroads of America Council. All council cub scout day camps allow each first year camper to earn the patch Some of the requirements include memorizing the Scout Oath, Law, and Firecrafter slogan, setting up a tent, attend five days of camp, cooking a meal at camp and going on a short hike. The program started in the mid to late 1970's as a way to encourage webelos to transition to Boy Scouts. At Camp Belzer hundreds of boys earn the badge every year. A second year Webelos can earned the Webelos FIrelight Award.