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Servant Leadership,
Acts of Kindness,
Generosity &
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Corps of Discovery

Past Postings
Healthy Ways to Spend Time With Seniors
December 20, 2019
Wineries with the Wilson's
November 11, 2019
Road Trip to Napa and B. Bryan Preserve
July 15, 2019
Post 7 Reunion the 1990's
June 14, 2019
April 23, 2019
Handyman Extraordinar
February 21, 2019
Wood Badger, Nate Chavez
January 25, 2019
Gilwell Fellowship 2018
September 24, 2018
Peru Moot
August 19, 2018
GoFundMe has soared above $85k for Walter Carr
July 21, 2018
BP Fellowship, Mexico 2018
June 16, 2018
It Started with the
Dark-Green Twill Square Knot!

October 30, 2017
Swastikas in Scouting
September 27, 2017
31st APR Scout Jamboree 2017
September 24, 2017
Chris Hagerty, A True Scouter
August 21, 2017
Water Parks
July 8, 2017
I'm Glad I'm a Veteran
May 29, 2017
Antiquities of Egypt and Jordan
May 25, 2017
Two Winning Mission Patches!
March 30, 2017
A Worthy Certificate
March 19, 2017
Foster Father Takes Only Terminally Ill Children
February 15, 2017
Travel Ban
January 30, 2017
Ecuador Visit
January 14, 2017
December 11, 2016
Here's to Your Health!  The Benefits of Hiking
December 4, 2016
Iceland Visit
November 30, 2016
Clean Water
November 28, 2016
Becoming Consumers of Good News!
November 25, 2016

Post 7 in the 1990's

On May 19, 2019, I had one of the better days in my scouting life.  The Explorer Post from the 1990's had a get-together at my home, and it was a wonderful day.  It was in 1994 that I organized the Post's first overseas trip, which was to New Zealand.

Mr. Ed Chavez, Heather, Ms. Perri Hiles, Mrs. Barbara Murray, Mr. Craig Murray,
Lauren, Dan Murray, Diana, Leslie, Karen, Mr. Gary Wilson, Nate.

As a Post, we had three out-of-country jamboree trips:  to New Zealand in 1994-95 (called a Venture), Canada in 1997 (Canadian Jamboree), and Australia in 1999-2000 (again a Venture).  For many, this was a once-in-a-life-time experience, and several attended two!

Some of the members started as early as 1993, but after 2000 all aged out and went on to college.  After 2000, I had to re-establish the Crew.

Post members, Karen, Heather and Leslie, were the long-time members who went on the first adventure to New Zealand in 1993-94.  Three boys also attended, but did not stay active in the Post. The next trip was to the Canadian Jamboree in 1997.  Post members for that trip were Karen, Heather, Leslie, Nathan and Lauren.  Two others attended, but did not stay active.

My final trip with this group was to the 2000 Australian Venture.  We had a small group, but a great time.  We had three Venturers attend: two active, Lauren and Nathan, and one other who was not a long-time member.  On all these trips, my wife, Barbara, joined as the female leader.

A Venture is an eight-day event which begins by joining with others with the same interest on an activity of their choosing.  The last four days of the Venture are back at base camp, eating and touring with their activity group.  It is a well-designed program that is used in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and a number of other countries in that region.

In between these out-of-country trips, we had many other great super-activities ( which included hiking to Havasupai falls in the Grand Canyon, taking a tall ship cruise to Catalina ( and a number of rafting trips on the Colorado River.

For all three activities, we had a special CSP made for the trip.  Heather, who was into art, helped design the first two.  All are available for collectors for $10 each, plus probably a $1 for postage.  You will need to contact me.  All the money will go to a world scouting organization, as that is now my focus.

Later Years with the Crew

In the 2000's, I joined with Joe Garrett's and my sister Carol's Crews to run week-long Kodiak whitewater treks on various rivers in the northwest.  Those treks were also enjoyable years as a Venturing Advisor.

Kodiak Training

I have been lucky to have two generations of great scouting with senior scouts (Explorers and Venturers).  Plus, I had wonderful years as a Scoutmaster.  I am no longer a leader, as that is for younger people, but I still enjoy international scouting activities with my older friends to places like Mongolia, Ecuador, Peru, Iceland, Mexico, Japan, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Some of my international scouter friends.