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Something Wonderful: They once were lost but now they’re found. . .

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  • John Venlet February 21, 2022, 1:13 PM

    Excellent! And not a tear from one of the kids. Excellent!

  • Casey Klahn February 21, 2022, 1:51 PM

    I’m shedding tears, John. It’s moving.

    • gwbnyc February 21, 2022, 2:37 PM

      y’aint alone.

    • John Venlet February 21, 2022, 4:05 PM

      Casey, the flood of elation I felt when that first young boy stepped out of that thicket of woods. Man. It is moving.

  • Sirk February 21, 2022, 5:06 PM

    In deed, great stuff. Until the officer arrived those kids weren’t lost, but on a great adventure. Imagine many similar grand explorations occurred in Paradise CA, as our leader has shared.

    GV, I still have the magazine you sent me, The Saturday Evening Post Mar/Apr 2021. I’ve shared specifically your contribution with many friends. All smile in fond memory.

    Wife’s reading it again, her family lost in Paradise aswell

    Dirk

    • Vanderleun February 21, 2022, 5:57 PM

      Someday, when I can conquer the shame, I’ll tell about the time I led my entire Scout troop into the woods of the canyons and got us all lost.

      • OneGuy February 22, 2022, 7:33 AM

        Wasn’t it Daniel Boone who said “I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks”?

  • James ONeil February 22, 2022, 11:39 AM

    Teaching my kids to orient in the subarctic was a bit of a hassle. The skills I’d learned in the Boy Scouts in the Florida pineywoods and glades don’t apply north of the 64th parallel. No moss doesn’t grow only on the north side of the trees, it grows on the, south, east and west sides as well. Follow a stream down stream and you’ll reach civilization? Up here it just might get you to s village but there well might be at least a thousand meandering miles twix were you’re at and the village. Sun rises in the east and sets in the west? Here, winter, rises SSE and sets SSW maybe 4 hours later. North star? Not directly overhead but you do have to tip your head way way up to see it. Compass/map orienting works, if you allow for often more than 12 degrees declination from true north.

    I did teach my kids the normal, lower forty eight orienteering skills and their limitations here. More importantly to check, triple check their back trail, blaze it if necessary, have a gestalt of the area fixed in mind, high ground to the east, general direction of the watershed to the west, ridge line, when you can see it, to the north. Keeping those thing in mind they were able to slop through a lot of country and find their way back just fine.

    Speaking of which, I’ve over 39 inches of snow in the yard right now. Steady snow falling, visibility around a quarter mile. Gonna drive out to North Pole to check the mail. Hope I don’t get lost. -grin-

  • Bill in Tennessee February 22, 2022, 12:10 PM

    And some idiots want to DEFUND these guys? Amazing.

  • NoOne Uno February 22, 2022, 12:10 PM

    This is why people become LEOs.