Scouting, Volume 82, Number 2, March-April 1994 Page: 49
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must be on hand and every man must
have a job to do, Bill Sumner said. "If
they come to camp and there's noth-
ing for them to do, or if they have to
go get the stuff together, they won't
show up the next Week," he explained.
To further avoid friction, it's also
important to have a good working re-
lationship with the camp ranger and
with the council's professional staff.
Some Flintlock projects require the
work of many hands. There was, for
example, the making of birdhouse
kits, to be sold by the council at a
small profit to both the council and
That project was the baby of Rob-
ert A. Cushman, retired purchasing
director of General Cable Co. "One
man collects the lumber and then an-
other fellow, Harry Schmidt, takes it
home because he's got a 10-inch saw,"
Cushman recalled. "He can slit inch-
and-an-eighth lumber in half so we
wind up with half-inch.
"Harry takes it to Dave Danberry.
Dave has a planer and he planes the
pieces and brings them back up to
camp. I take them home and cut the
pieces we need for the birdhouses."
That's the Flintlock way.
There are several retired crafts-
men in the group, including pipefitter
Milan Huska, electrician Jerry Sil-
verman, and cabinet maker Martin
Adams. Their expertise is tapped reg-
The majority of the members, how-
ever, were not craftsmen during their
working lives, so they combine skills
developed as homeowners and learn
new ones from the experts.
George Johnson, a 72-year-old re-
tired elementary school principal,
said, "I've learned so much about
things like working with wood and
engineering that I never had the op-
portunity to do before. Every time I
come to camp I learn one or two
things I can use around the house."
Like the other work party regu-
lars, George Johnson looks forward to
Thursdays at Winnebago Scout Res-
ervation. "I wouldn't miss it," he said.
"The spirit that I find here with these
men is just out of this world. We come
out and sometimes do a full day's hard
work, and when we go home, we're
refreshed. It clears our minds."
Joe Schott, a 71-year-old former
Bell Labs employee, said he also looks
forward to Thursdays. "But," he ad-
mitted with a chuckle, "I'm tired and
stiff after the day's work, and on Fri-
days I'm not good for much." ■
The Way It Was (from page 11)
record low of 824 in 1945.
With the advent of the reempha-
sized Exploring program for teen-
agers, Rovering's attraction faded.
Membership dropped to 1,113 in 1950,
and to only 22 in 1954, one year before
the program was abolished.
Even in the armed forces we re-
mained registered in Scouting, due to
Alice Tomlinson, the council office
secretary. With money from her own
pocket she renewed our registration
while we were away. We think it was
her way of saying thanks for all the
crew had done in the years before the
Rovers, all in their late
teens or early 20s, led
troops, earned badges, but
mostly had a lot of fun.
Today only seven of the original
prewar Rover crew are known to be
living, scattered up and down the
Eastern Seaboard. All look back fond-
ly on our time in the history of Scout-
ing. Though we participated as Ro-
vers well beyond the usual age of
Scouts, we are proud to say that we
lived then by the Promise, Law,
motto, and the Good Turn—and still
The authors are 60-year veteran
Scouters, and both have received the
Silver Beaver Award for outstanding
work for youth in the local council.
Gil lives in Ocala, Fla., and is an
honorary member of the North Flori-
da Council executive board. He is
presently a Wood Badge course direc-
Bill remained in Chalfont. Still ac-
tive in the Order of the Arrow, he is a
Vigil Honor member, as well as a
member-at-large of the Bucks County
(Pa.) Council Executive Board.
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