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OUT OF DARKNESS came light. The to the fold. “To recapture my youth, recruiting and retention goals. “You
fire surged up, and Dennis Kuba if you will,” he says. Then the assis- know, Scouting is rich as a photo-
waited, adjusting the settings on tant Scoutmaster of James’ Troop graphic subject. We generally do a
his recently purchased Sigma DP2 602 in Newhall, Calif., spotted little slide show after our activities,
digital camera. our call for entries last year in the and we post them on our Web site
Kuba didn’t know what to magazine and rushed to enter. (troop602.net). And when we have
expect from the flag retirement Rushed? Well, Kuba won First new people come over, we show
ceremony that July night at Camp Place in our 2006 contest with an them highlights of the things we’ve
Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. action photo of a whitewater raft- done in the past. I want to let peo-
Just that the 500 Scouts and ing trip by Troop 602. Full disclo- ple know what kind of experiences
Scouters would have a “campfire” sure: The former vice president of they can have in Scouts.”
hosted by the camp’s rangers. Advanced Technology at The Walt All of the winners will
He was working with available Disney Company once worked as receive BSA Supply
light, and the Sigma’s 24.2 mm a photographer for a California Group gift cards:
lens (equivalent to a film camera’s educational-media company. Good Grand prize, $400;
40 mm) doesn’t offer a zoom. genes, too. His Japanese-American First Prize, $300;
But after the rangers gave a talk, grandfather operated a photogra- Second Prize,
Kuba aimed from 30 feet back and phy business in Salt Lake City in $200; Third Prize,
snapped four quick frames as the the early 1900s. $100; Honorable
campers silently saluted. “I deliberately bought a small Mentions, $25.
“I had maxed out the film camera that has a full-size light sen- Check out the
speed, maxed out the aperture, and sor so that I could take shots like winning photo-
it was just a matter of getting the this,” Kuba says. “I wanted some- graphs from past
right exposure,” he recalls. “I real- thing that I could take everywhere contests at scouting
ized that since I was going to have and wouldn’t limit me when the magazine.org.¿
to hand hold the camera, the best I scene got dark. It’s such an honor
Dennis Kuba
could do was a about a quarter of to be selected. You guys must have
a second.” some very good pictures from pho-
Out of darkness came light: tographers in other troops.”
a perfectly composed image of a As a matter of fact, we
single dramatic Scouting moment. received more than 400
Another thing Kuba didn’t know entries from adult volun-
was that he had just taken the teer leaders across the
Grand Prize-winning photograph in country, which made
Scouting magazine’s 2010 Celebrate for some tough calls by
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