When asked, ‘What are you plans for the summer?’ being a Venture Scout has its advantages. Summers are awesome and hold the keys to the great unknown, if you know where to look. One member of our crazy crew will have plenty of stories to tell from the summer of 2014.
Trevor is a Life Scout of Crew 91 and the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 50. He has packed his summer to the brim. Starting off the summer with a bang by participating in National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), moving into three weeks working at Camp Ingersoll and then catching the train to Philmont Scout Ranch for two weeks makes for one massive summer of scouting!
For the fourth summer in the W.D. Boyce Council, NYLT has been opened to Venture Scouts. Trevor is the second member of Crew 91 to participate in NYLT and we’re so excited to see what leadership ideas he brings back to the crew. National Youth Leadership Training is youth-led by previous graduates of NYLT and seeks to integrate modern leadership theory with the strengths scouting has to offer. Every participant will discover what a leader must BE, what a leader must KNOW, and what a leader must DO.
The next three weeks will be exhausting and amazing all at the same time. Trevor will be working as a ‘floater’ at Ingersoll Scout Reservation in London Mills, Illinois. Camp Ingersoll is our council summer camp offering Boy Scout troops an incredible summer full of activities, rank advancements and the opportunities to complete Merit Badges. Mr. Trevor will be floating around camp serving wherever duty calls. He’ll be busy at the waterfront, in Scoutcraft and a handful of other outposts leading by example and learning what it means to serve others before self.
After trekking all over Ingersoll Trevor will be throwing together everything he needs for a two week adventure at the epic Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. While at Philmont Trevor will serve as the trek Crew Leader while the group backpacks for 12 days through the mountains of New Mexico. While there he will be able to put to practice the skills he learned at NYLT and the servant leadership he observed while on staff at Camp Ingersoll.
These are the best summers. The summers that start off by learning new skills that move into serving others and then progress to leading a group of venturers through the backcountry make the most memorable of summers. If anything, Trevor will be ready to take a real shower, crash into his own bed and share with others why scouting is really the best option for a jam packed, unforgettable summer.