What an amazing event! Members of the club turned out in
full-force to accept the challenge of hauling multiple groups of scouts for
this years annual Report to State parade up Congress Ave. Arriving
at the the TxDOT parking lot, the group unloaded and prepared for what was
to be an excellent event. About 8:00am, we departed to the Austin
American-Statesman parking lot to wait for the scouts from Venture Crew
634 and Pack 395 from Oak Hill. Slowly but sure as the sun rises
each morning, the scouts began to arrive. Then, the hot chocolate
and Krispy-Kremes which made the morning! Thanks to Pack 395 on that
About 8:30 with scouts and parents loaded up, the group moved to stage
on the Congress Ave bridge. As always, this is the 'fun' part in
that it's usually unorganized. This year took a bit of time to move
the front of the line 3. However, our club surely made a statement
to all the other participants that 'we were the best'. The pictures
that were taken and the pointing and comments about our magnificent
vehicles just made the slow trip to the front that much better.
When we got to our appointed staging point, we had accumulated Danny K
and his M151A2/M416 trailer, Scott and his M38A1, Toby and his MB, John K
and his MB, Herb T and his GPW, Rich H and his M38A1, Rory and his Unimog
and John S and his M35A2. It was a most impressive display on the
Most of the time was spent waiting for the parade to start. Tim
spent an hour or so playing chess and Scott was busy selling the club
fund-raiser .50 cal rounds to eager scouts. By the time the parade
was ready to start, Scott had finished selling all the remaining rounds.
In addition a HUGE thank-you has to be given to Pack 395's
Shayne Reeves for the unexpected donation to the club for our
The parade was a good one in that the weather was super. By the
time we started, there were already scouts returning from completing the
parade that had left ahead of us. We made the trek up Congress Ave.
and were identified by Bob Cole, a local radio personality and finished
our trip at the Capitol. Those that were carrying signs pulled them
off their vehicles for the trip back down to the Statesman lot where we
unloaded the kids and departed.
If each successive year goes like this one, we'll have many good
parades in our as well as the scouts future.