Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Scouting on the Mall (and that ain’t all!)

As a boy, I knew it as the "Dan Beard Scout Reservation." It was a combination of two properties -- Camp Friedlander and Camp Craig.

Friedlander was a fully furnished Scout camp, with overnight cabins and a horse ranch. It also had a dining hall with its own "Eagle's Nest," a separate lounge dedicated to recipients of Scouting's highest rank. It was also where we had an area conference of the Order of the Arrow one year. Camp Craig was a more primitive facility, with only a few cabins rarely used, but at least it had a pool. I spent at least three summers there.

The camp or camps, depending on how you look at it, or them, is or are featured on this video from Cincinnati, which introduces the fun and excitement of “Adventure Base 100” on its multi-city tour. (Click on the image at right for a closer look.) The exhibit is coming to Washington, DC, and will be at the National Mall from July 23 through August 8. This show-and-tell will be ...

... the ultimate Scouting experience. This experiential 10,000-square-foot campus provides an exciting view of the Boy Scouts of America's illustrious 100-year history and influential future. Rolling into more than 40 different cities across the country in 2010, Adventure Base 100 features a ropes course, hands-on exhibits, a multi-sensory IMAX-like Go Scouting! Dome, and much, much more!

I'll be there too. Look for a guy who looks like me, only he's in uniform.

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