** Gordon and Billie **

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sharing the Bounty - Camp Shands

My Son, Bryan, fish-fry chef extraordinaire.

Each spring for the last seven years, I have had the opportunity to provide a fish dinner for adult scouters at the closing luncheon of the LDS, North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America Wood Badge Course.
It is normally for about seventy five people. Scouting is a great organization, that teaches young men principles to guide them through a lifetime.

This year, the catch prepared was Red Fish, Spotted Sea Trout, Flounder, and Sea Bass, along with fresh water Catfish provided by, Scott Britt, a scouter from Lake City, Florida. We also prepared hush-puppies (for you northerners' info, that's not shoes.), baked beans, cole-slaw, and home fried potatoes. Don DiCarlo, a friend from Jacksonville Beach assisted in preparation, along with my son, Bryan. Scott's lovely young daughter was a big help, also.

It was good to see so many of the men and women enjoy the luncheon. I don't know this man's name, but he was a genuinely good fellow.

There were two patrols of ladies participating in the festivities.

There were spirited exchanges of, "Thank you!" to one another, as this luncheon was their last meal together after two long weekends of training.

It is always rewarding to be associated with people who really care and sacrifice their time and efforts for the strengthening of youth. Now that the fish are eaten, I guess I'll have to go catch more. I know! I know! It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.