1997 Interfaith Scout Retreat

On August 8,9,&10, 1997 Tecumseh and Miami Valley Councils, BSA,   hosted an Interfaith Scout Retreat. The Retreat will be held at Camp Hugh Taylor Birch,Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Although this event has already passed, we have retained this page because it may provide ideas for others interested in conduct an inter-faith retreat.

What is the retreat all about?
Who can go?
What else is there to do in the area?
How can I find out more?

About Camp Birch

Camp Hugh Taylor Birch is operated by the Tecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America. It is located near Yellow Springs, Ohio, in north-central Greene County. Camp Birch encompasses approximately 400 acres of wooded land, with 11 acre Martin Lake (stocked with pan and game fish) serving as the centerpiece of the camp. Included in the camp's facilities are a swimming pool. a 30' rappelling tower, a high and low C.O.P.E. course, a 250-person capacity dining hall, and numerous troop and patrol campsites.

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What is the retreat all about?

The heart of the program is a series of scout-to-scout guided, small-group discussions. The specific topics are selected by scouts on the retreat staff. This year the topics range from peer pressure to religion in the media. Scouts are grouped by age for each session, so discussion topics are appropriate to all of the scouts in a session. These discussion groups are guided by scouts trained for the retreat staff.

This is a retreat for both the mind and body! Retreat participants are required to take part in a service project (this usually has something to do with clearing brush). Also plan on a welcome dip in the pool -- last year, the water polo game lasted until dark!

Cost for the retreat is still being determined for this year -- but to give you an idea, last year it was $15 per participant. The cost will include all food and the retreat patch. Bring your own tent.

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Who can go?

The retreat is designed for Boy Scouts, Explorers, and second-year Webelos. Sorry, but the topics and discussions are not relevant to younger Cub Scouts. You can attend the retreat as part of a troop, post, or den, or as an individual as part of a provisional troop.

This is an Interfaith Retreat. You are welcome if your faith is: Armenian Church of America, Baha'i, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Disciples of Christ, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Islamic, Jewish, Lutheran, Meher Baba, Methodist, Moravian, Presbyterian, Protestant, Quaker, Unitarian, Zoroastrian ... well, you get the idea -- and this is definitely a partial list!

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Area Attractions

United States Air Force Museum

Located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, this is the oldest and largest aviation museum in the world, with over 200 aircraft on display. It's Smithsonian-quality exhibits trace military aviation from the Wright brothers to the Space Age and Desert Storm. Many aircraft exhibits are unique to the museum, including an SR-71 Blackbird, F-117 Stealth Fighter, B-1A Lancer, AC-130 Specter, B-36 Peacekeeper, and the XB-70 Valkyrie. Museum admission and parking are free. A fee is charged for the IMAX theater located at the museum. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Phone (937)255-3286 for more information.

Clifton Gorge and the Little Miami River

Located next to Camp Birch, Clifton Gorge is a National Natural Landmark. The 100 foot deep limestone gorge was carved by the Little Miami river at the end of the last ice age. Several types of vegetation rare to the area grow in the gorge, including hemlock and white cedar. Daniel Boone is reputed to have escaped pursuing Shawnee warriors by leaping the gorge at a narrow point near Clifton Mill. Take a look and judge for yourself.

Adjacent John Bryan State Park offers 10 miles of hiking trails along the Little Miami River, a national Wild and Scenic river. The park is locally popular for picnicking and family camping. Several canoe liveries in the area offer day-trips on the river. Phone (937)767-1274 for more information on Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park.

Historic Clifton Mill, located at the head waters of Clifton Gorge, is the largest operating grist mill in the country. A variety of antique and craft shops are located in the mill. Phone (937) 767-5501 for more information.

Bluejacket Outdoor Drama

This outdoor drama depicts the life of Blue Jacket, a white man adopted by Shawnee warriors, who cam to lead the Shawnee Nation. Located 4 1/2 miles southeast of Xenia off of Jasper Road, the drama is performed within a mile of Oldtown on the Little Miami, the historical capitol of the Shawnee Nation. Phone (937)376-4318, June to September, for more information.

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How can I find out more?

Please contact either Fr. Dave Vincent, Harry Heaton, or Steve Coy at the addresses below, and ask for more information on Retreat 97. We'll send you registration forms, an area map, and keep you posted on the program details and cost as these become final. If you are an amateur radio enthusiast, give Steve or Fr. Dave a call. Steve Coy is KB8UHY, and Fr. Dave is KC8BVK

E-mail to Harry Heaton: 70451.2227@compuserve.com
E-mail to Fr. Dave Vincent:dvincent38@aol.com
E-mail to Steve Coy:scoy@dmapub.dma.org

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