The Creator of this web site is Michael R. Brown. I have been involved in Scouting since the early 70s when I was a Cub Scout. I have long had an interest in the history of Scouting and its programs. Because of a lack of information in the area of the various "senior scouting" programs, I created this web site. I hope that by doing so others will share with me the information they have about these programs so that I can share them with a large audience.
My background in Scouting is as follows:
Cub Scout 3-4 years, 2-3 different Packs
Boy Scout, 7 years as a member of Troop 165,
Explorer, 1 year
Adult leader since 1981. Have served as Assistant Scoutmaster (T165), Scoutmaster (T165), District Committee Member, Associate Explorer Advisor (P564, P1838), Associate Advisor for Venturing Crew #1838, a living history/re-enactment Crew in Naples, Florida as well as an Associate Advisor for Venturing Crew #2564, which was also my OA Chapter at the time.
Currently I am involved in Gulf Stream Council and South Florida Council as a Venturing leader at the council levels. I'm the Council Venturing Chair in South Florida Council and help the Council Venturing Committee in the Gulf Stream Council. I was recognized with the Council Venturing Leadership Award by the Gulf Stream Council in 2005.
Iíve tried to get involved with Venturing at the Area/Regional levels with little success.† I was supposedly appointed to the Regional VOA in 2006, but nothing came of it and attempts to take on a formal role at area/regional levels have been unsuccessful.† I have no involvement on the National level, either, despite my desire to assist there as well. [I state this because some assume I do hold a position, which is not so]
I completed Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge in 1989
(SE-478-29, an Owl). I served on Staff for Wood Badge Course SR-596 in
2004. I'm also a Wood Badge member of the Clan MacLaren
I used to attend Southwest Florida Council's University of Scouting Arts training program, having completed my Doctoral degree. I turned this site into my Doctoral Thesis for my Doctor of Scouting Arts degree. I completed the Instructor Qualification program, and receiving my Teaching Certificate.
I completed Powder Horn, participating in the Florida 2002 course put on by the Gulf Ridge and Southwest Florida Councils. I attended the PH Course Director Course in Feb of 2007, and am currently working to bring another PH course in my area.
I attended Sea Badge Course SR-23 and completed my praxis. I would like to be able to serve on staff for a future course.
I have been a member of the Order of the Arrow, Osceola Lodge #564 since 1981. I am a Vigil Honor Member, and now serve as the Leadership Adviser for Aal-Pa-Tah Lodge #237. I have attended National Leadership Seminar, and NLATS. I would like to be able to serve on staff for one of these courses, but have never been given the opportunity.
I attended the 1981 National Scout Jamboree as a youth, and returned to the 1989, 1993, 2001, and 2005 National Jamboree as a staff member. Work prevented me from attending the 1997 Jamboree. At the 2001 National Jamboree, I was on OA Indian Village staff. At the 2005 National Jamboree, was part of the APO Exhibit Staff. I was at the 2007 World Jamboree as part of the International Service Team, working in the Ďadult restaurantí.†† I plan on attending the 2010 National Jamboree, as part of the APO staff. It will probably be my last National Jamboree.
I attended the 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conferences. I served on Housing Staff at the 2000 NOAC, and on American Indian Activities staff at the 2002 & 2004 NOAC, and on APO Exhibit Staff at the 2006 and 2009 NOAC. I was on AIA staff for Indian Summer in 2003.† I hope to attend future NOACs, atleast thru the 2015 one.
I have been to Philmont
twice (1982, 1993), once doing the Cavalcade. Have been to the
I have never been to a National Exploring Conference, and would love to go to the first National Venturing event, when they occur.
I am a member of the International Scouting Collectors Association, which is a merger of the American Scouting Collectors Association and the National Scouting Collectors Society, both of which I was a member of. I am also a member of the Scouts on Stamps Society International (SOSSI).
I am also a Life Member of