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The Salvation Army Scouter

Volume 1 No. 1 September, 1996 (abridged on-line edition)

1996 Scouter-Guider Conference, Camp Madawaska

To those of us who have been returning to Camp Madawaska for many years, the experience never grows old. I have been coming here for over sixteen years and the only problem I have here is that I can't get enough. If this is you first visit, I'm sure it won't be your last. It can't be. The awesome majesty of God's creation grabs you and won't let go. There are those who believe that this all happened by chance, a one-time freak accident, with no purpose or reason. Impossible! The thought that went into this earth and the eventual result is too great to be the product of chance alone.

While here, take a walk alone or with a friend along a forest trail; sit on the flume and listen; get up early and experience the morning the way God intended it to to be experienced.

I have always wondered that if this is the limit of God's inventiveness for us on earth, just what will Heaven be like? think about it for a minute. In one of John's visions of Heaven, (Revelation 4:3), he sees the throne encircled by an emerald-like rainbow. A rainbow in Heaven? We have those on this earth. Could they be a preview of what's to come? I like to think they are.

The Salvation Army Scouter

The Salvation Army Scouter is a quasi-literary and ideas publications intended for all Scouters; however, it is primarily aimed at Scouters serving within the Salvation Army Scout movement, formerly known as the Life-Saving Scouts.

Effective communication between Scouters themselves and varying levels of Salvation Army bureaucracy is necessary in order for the Salvation Army Scout movement to carry out its mandate: to further the aims and principles of Scouts Canada, and more importantly, to bring young men and women of Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer, and Rover age to a personal and saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Above all else, the latter was the prime purpose of Col. Rufus T. Spooner's Life-Saving Scouts.

It is hoped that this small effort will enlarge with contributions from across the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Everybody should have programming ideas that are proven. These need to be shared. A prayer, craft suggestions, Divine Service item? This can be your forum.

As we begin another Scouting year, let's remember to pray for each other, our Scouts, and our leaders across the country. "For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work..." (Colossians 1:9-10a NIV)

Untitled (written at Madawaska)

I sit in quiet solitude with nothing on my mind
Except the songs of water tugging softly on my line.
The wind is blowing sweetest fragrance through the pines.

My cup of coffee sits beside me steaming in the mist;
Oh, how I've longed, these last few months, for moments just like this.
But for all the patient dreaming, it is over much too quick.

And soon, when morning mist is all but burnt off by the sun
I then will find a spot that's far way from races run
And watch the river on its way until the day is done.

Copyright May 23 & 29, 1995 tLdP Deryck N. Robertson

Did You know...

...that at the 3rd Canadian Boy Scout Jamboree, held at the Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, the music for the Protestant Scouts' Own Service was provided by the Ottawa Citadel Band under the direction of Bandmaster R.H. Dymond?

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Campfire Closings (from Campfire Ceremony by Scouter Clive Cranfield)

If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused any foot to go astray,
If I have wandered in my own willful way,
Dear Lord forgive.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky,
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

WANTED - Life-Saving Scout Memorabilia: badges, hat badges, flags, belt buckles, old uniforms, etc. Contact the editor at the address below.

For a hard copy of this edition, please contact me at scouter@(nospam) (remove the nospam) or at:
The Salvation Army Scouter
c/o Deryck N. Robertson
975 Mount Pleasant Road
RR#2 Cavan, Ontario L0A 1C0

Suggestions are always welcome as are contributions.