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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas • Page 19

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Flower Shop, Inc. Outstanding Fhral Series Since Same Family Ownership Management Through 3 Generations 45th and Ave.L. -763-8581 Section June. 11, 1989 THE STRAND'S NEWEST GIFT HOME ACCESSORY SHOP. 2326 STRAND 762-6816 Of special interest Camp Karankawa Boy Scouts prime for Jamboree ByDENISEGEE The Dally News JF he winding dirt road leading to Camp Karankawa is lined with nine small signs reading, Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful and Brave.

like one might imagine, high above the entrance.stands an arched sign staking claim to the campsite. It is a quiet spot, nestled in a forest of trees near West Columbia, where the air is thick with humidity at dawn and clear and cool in the afternoon. A place where log cabins are planted and ants, mosquitoes and grasshoppers nibble and bask. At 9 a.m. more than 70 Bay Area Council Boy Scouts ages 13-17, uniformly dressed in army green shorts, merit badgerladen khaki shirts and dark woolen socks assemble in metal bleachers under an open-air shed.

There, instead of discussing humanitarian goals and the exploration of unchartered woods isn't that what Scouts normally talk about? the boys talk about girls, rock 'n roll, action movies and sports. That is, until Assistant Scout Master George Black symbolically raises three 1 fingers. There is silence without hesitation as they follow their leaders into a nearby grassy field for the flag raising ceremony. In salute, the Boy Scout troops and leaders recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Boy Scout Oath. That is, of course, conducted after they all have straightened their socks.

The purpose of the weekend gathering is for Bay Area Council Troops 1607 of La Marque and 1608 of Fnendswood to prepare for the 1989 National Scout Jamboree set for July 26-Aug. 8 at Port A Hill near Fredericksburg, a historic area situated not far from Washington, D.C., Colonial Williams- burg, Yorktown, Richmond and Norfolk, Va. The Bay Area Council has been planning the event since May 1988. "Welcome to the last pre-Jamboree campout," announces Black, a Jamboree organizer. "We've got a lot of work to do this weekend and we've got a lot to accomplish before we can start the fun." The upcoming jamboree will welcome some 34,000 Boy Scouts and leaders from across the country and its objective will be to give boys and leaders a deeper understanding of Scouting, promote camaraderie and emphasize physical fitness.

"I'm fired up about Jamboree," said Scout David "I think we all are. It'll be neat seeing thousands, of and. there'11-be a rock band that plays at the also getto'go into Washington, D.C., a lot." The next step for the guys at Camp Karankawa is to slip into a more comfortable shirt. A bright yellow Boy Scout T-shirt does the trick. It is advised that all be tucked inside the shorts and, of course for socks to be straightened.

"Guys, I can't tell you how important it is to be in proper uniform," says 1607 Scoutmaster Bill Otte. Boy Scouts pride themselves on appearance. We want people to be proud of the way we look." Otte then moves on to other business. "I also want to warn you about Jake the snake," Otte says. "We found him over in the wood pile and if he was over there, he's probably got brothers and sisters all over the place." "Oh, great," sighs a Scout.

The boys soon trek to another open field nearby to set up tents. Everything has to be precise because, it is stressed, this will be the last tune to practice setting up camp until Jamboree. Crickets sing, metal rods clank and plastic tarpau- See KARANKAWA, 3-B From "Moon Monster" to dog pile The jamboree sign of the Bay Area Boy Scouts Photos by Robert W. Rizzo "X-- Wafer games quench the heat.

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