Tom, it was an amazing experience. My Scouter friend from Dublin led it and I supported him as did a Scouter from Ohio. We all (about 20 of us) took a turn to provide a verse, or tell a tale, or share some thoughts. Between each contribution there would be a pause, then another would start their contribution. I don't recall anybody starting to talk over another, they took their time and waited for each other. It was so peaceful, respectful, spiritual even. Never been like that again.Tom said:Sounds like a great virtual Scout campfire.
If you have had a Scouting experience you might recall a Scout's Own like that.
To the best of our knowledge it is the first time in the world that the Internet had been used for a Scout's Own and a Virtual Campfire. I know it has happened again for others but we think we were the first. Heck, in later years we even arranged our own uniform patches and had them made and distributed around the world. I think I have a pic of one here somewhere.
All of this was done through the Scouting Forum on CompuServe, they even provided several (5 or 6) free accounts in different countries to help keep it going. I certainly had a weekend of it. Because of the time zones I started off the event late Friday evening. I finally grabbed some shuteye about 3 or so Sunday morning. Was back on about 7:30 am, then again fell asleep about 2 Monday morning through till about 8 or so. I was finally home again about lunchtime and after setting the computer up again, I checked the chat room, there were still guys in the room chatting! I gave up and fell into bed till late that evening. It took a few days before I was really feeling 'normal' again LOL I'm too old and silly to try stuff like that again.
One of my strongest memories over the years of events was the conversation between some young women of the Guides in France talking with some US Scouts about the time they were camping with some Scout troops and decided to go skinny dipping, with their Leader's permission. The Stateside guys just could not believe it. All their dreams might have come at once if only they were in real time LOL
Attached are 3 pictures of Scouting patches appropriate to this story.
* Cybrjamb.gif was issued for the very first CyberJamboree of 1994 between Australia and USA (yes CompuServe Scouters had that name well before anybody else).
* Jotacs97.gif was issued for the 1997 CyberJamboree which followed on from the 95 and 96 events discussed above. This patch was paid for by CompuServe and approved by them so we could use their logo.
* bsea.gif is the virtual badge designed for the Browsea Island Patrol which grew out of the old Scouting Forum after CompuServe had closed it. We are Scouters from all over the place, still sharing information and help through our mailing list. Several Troops still meet at International camps. Mostly US Troops visiting the UK Scouts.