Well done, Scouter: It hit me like a smack right between the eyes this past Sunday morning when I read in the paper that my long-time friend and fellow Scouter Cole Rice had died in a tragic motorcycle crash. I immediately thought of his children, Derek and Nicole, and wished that I could do something to ease the pain that they were undoubtedly feeling. My thoughts were also of how Cole's enthusiasm for and love of the out-of-doors had turned on many young Scouts to the wonders of nature. He was a master hunter and was very generous and patient when it came to passing on his knowledge to the next generation.
His obituary mentions that he served as Troop 508's Assistant Scoutmaster. What's not mentioned is how he taught several dozen boys to survive in the raging waters of the New River, or that he shepherded at least 10 boys, including his own son and both of my sons, to Scouting's highest honor: the Eagle rank. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Don't miss Outdoor Expo: This weekend's C.A.M.O. Outdoor Expo could be the biggest event for your family for the whole summer. The Expo will be held at the Central Pennsylvania Wesleyan Camp near New Columbia. Lots of information about the Expo is available at www.outdoorscamo.com. Friday night, you and your family members can participate in a kid's tractor pull and go out on a pond life and nature walk at dusk with Jon Beam. Saturday is jammed packed with activities. I would like to recommend the 10 a.m. family gun safety program to you. Fred Gast will lead this presentation and as they say: "He's good."
Really hope that you can make it up to the expo.