Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
The concept of a scout program for boys was introduced in England in 1907 and soon spread across the pond to the colonies. There were several competing “scouting” organizations, but Boy Scouts of America was founded and later incorporated by Chicago publisher William Boyce on February 8, 1910. Today, Scouting is found in 185 of the world’s 192 independent countries. There are three levels: Cub Scouting (1st through 5th Grades); Boy Scouting (ageds11 through 17) ; Venturing (formerly Exploring) for young men and young women aged 14 through 20. The top honor is earning the Eagle Scout designation – one held by many Congressmen, Astronauts and other role models. The 100th anniversary is being celebrated this year and scouts will be converging in Virginia for the celebration. To provide a recognition in Northern California for those who could not attend the national event, local councils are sponsoring a Jamboree at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton from April 15-18.
Although I was not a Boy Scout, I fully support their programs and will be giving a Half Dome presentation on the 18th at 12:30. The whole event is open to the public. $20 at the gate will gain you full admission and entrance to all the fun. Over 7,000 scouts and parents are expected to attend. Many will be camping on the fairgrounds grassy areas. If you have a boy who might be interested in scouting this would be a good introduction to their programs. For more info, click <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Nature is not so poor as to possess only one of anything.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com