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ecalling his days with Explorer Post 205 in the Bronx, N.Y., Marty Block


shares one great memory after another. “It was not unusual for us to gather


at the church, put our rucksacks on our backs and hike 12 miles across upper Manhattan, cross the George Washington Bridge and then follow the trail to Alpine Scout Camp,” Block says with a chuckle. He remembers it like it happened last week, not back in the 1960s. Post members “took extreme pride”


in being selected as the service u semiannual Bronx Trek


Lowell Thomas. Alas, the good times came to an


end, and the boys in the post went their separate ways. But Block never forgot his Explorer buddies, and a few years ago, while living in Florida, he hatched a plan for a reunion. Block started by placing a personal


ad in a community newspaper that serv the Bronx. Eventually he from the s


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REMINDERS Weather and Travel and Buddies — Oh, My!


As your Scouting calendar fills with fall activities, it’s time to revisit - ance and risk management. “As you plan, it’s important to exercise  Richard Bourlon, health and safety team leader, notes that


Scouting doesn’t have an encyclopedia-thick list of rules and procedures covering everything that a troop or crew might want   can function as a valuable checklist prompting Scouters to consider the things that can go wrong and make sure they don’t. Review the bit.ly/sweet16safety.


 climb Mount Everest, and famed broadcaster Lowell Thomas. Alas, the good times came to an end, and the boys in the post went their separate ways. But


Block never forgot his Explorer buddies, and a few years ago, while living in Florida, he hatched a plan for a reunion. Block started by placing a personal ad in a community newspaper that served the Bronx.


Eventually he received an email from the sister of a post member who also lived in Florida.  vital. Some of the guys had stayed in touch with each other. A couple had even been in Vietnam together.” 


-    throughout our lives. Scouting changed all of us. It made us better human beings.”


 ¿ SCOUTING 5


LOOKING BACK Fifty Years Later, Explorers Reunite


 great memory after another. “It was not unusual for us to gather at the church, put our rucksacks on our


 Bridge and then follow the trail to Alpine Scout Camp,” Block says with a chuckle.  Post members “took extreme pride” in being selected as the service unit at the 


upset if another post was selected, because we knew we were the best there was.” Later, as the Explorers


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