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Darlene Karthauser

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I have had a long and varied Scouting life.  My dad was a District Executive in the Sam Houston Area Council in the late '50s and again in the early '70s and I remember attending Pack meetings and Troop Courts of Honor with him at an early age.  He was a great story teller and loved revving up a crowd filling them with the Scouting spirit.  I even went to Philmont and El Rancho Cima before I knew what Scouting was all about.  In college, I was part of an Explorer Post and got my first taste of camping in the Piney Woods of East Texas.  When I taught in a small East Texas town, I started an Explorer Post with a few adventurous students.  We enjoyed camping and canoeing for a couple of years. My husband and I were asked to serve as advisors for his parents' Explorer Post that was going to Philmont, because they were unable to go. Though I had not had extensive camping experience and little, if any, backpacking experience, my trek at Philmont was so memorable that I have longed to return ever since.  My young family moved to the Hill Country and my first son joined Tiger Cubs in first grade.  During these years, I was an assistant at almost everything.  When my second son joined Tiger Cubs I felt it was time to step up to leadership and was the Tiger Cub coordinator for his den.  When he became a Wolf Cub I became Cubmaster.  My first son joined Troop 111 and was taking part in Boy Scouts with his father while I remained in Cub Scouts with my second son.  When my second son crossed over to Boy Scouts in 2000, I crossed over with him.  I served for many years as Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor. I took as many training courses as I could to learn as much as possible about Scouting, but my most valuable mentor was Robert Collier, the Scoutmaster of Troop 111.  I took part in the WoodBadge course and felt that I had reached the top of the world of Scouting...little did I know.  Both of my sons became Eagle Scouts, but I have continued on, though they are no longer in the Scouting program.  I have served as Troop Committee Chair, District Advancement Chair, District Friends of Scouting Family Chair, Camping Chair and help with the District Web Site.  I have served on three WoodBadge courses as Assistant Quartermaster, Assistant Scribe and Scribe.  I have been a Camp Commissioner at Bear Creek Scout Reservation and even worked in the Trading Post. I enjoy operating the Archery Range at Cub Scout Day Camp. I am a Brotherhood Order of the Arrow member.   I am honored to have been recognized with the District Award of Merit and most recently with the Silver Beaver.  All of these positions and awards are wonderful and humbling, but in the many, many amazing adventures that Scouting gives me, my favorite moments have to be the sounds of Scouts setting up tents and settling in for the night after an awesome day of learning and fun. I hope to do this for a long, long time.
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