Leading to the backcountry, the Red Trail,  Blue Trail, Green Trail and a Silver.  Many lakes like Paradise, Independent, Phoenix Lake, to name a few, awaited the adventurer.  Hiking adventures could extend to 100 miles.  How big was your adventure.

When I was 29 I joined a group of explorer scouts under the direction  Scout Executive John Collier.  Our goal was to snowshoe the 6.5 miles into Lake Sterling.  Only four made the nine hour trek.  Those who made it spent the night in the commissary freezer and feasting on spam and peaches.  The adventure included, getting lost going in to Glacial Trails and having to come in over the rifle range, staying the night in the commissary, broken snowshoes, lion tracks in the snow, half the group staying at the 4H  Camp, and having the time of their lives.  We discovered going in takes as much time as going out.  I included my age as the  three explorers  were 17 or 18.  The only way I made it was just to not stop.

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  1. This site is great! I have a lot of GTSR memories and photos and collectables. Contact me if there is interest in getting it on the site.

    • High Ted. I would be delighted to include your photos. Sorry
      to have taken so long to reply.

      • Oh my goodness. Ted Hansen & George Leverett at the same time. Holy cow! How are you guys doing?

      • Thanks George I will see if I can upload some great pictures to you for the site.


  2. I googled GTSR earlier today and was amazed to find this site.

    The memories flowed back like yesterday, 30 years after my first trip at age 12 to Lake Sterling and GTSR with Troop 6 from Yuba City, CA. I visited GTSR each year from 1980 – 1985 and served on the staff both as a S.I.T. (2 yrs) and full time Staff (2 yrs). I was tapped out into Kwonkamish Lodge 395 in 1982 and was fortunate to serve on the lodge staff with Buttes Area Council.

    My family moved to Indiana midway through my 1st full time staff assignment in July, 1984. Instead of working a job or hanging out with friends during the summer of 1985 in Evansville, IN, I convinced my parents to let me fly back to Sacramento and join several of my friends for the summer working at GTSR for a 2nd staff assignment.

    I particapted as an instructor in the Commissionary Area as well as led several back packing expeditions into the back country including visits to Phoenix Lake, 4-Dice, Meadow Lake, Old Man Mountain, etc. I learned to respect nature and the environment with packing all the food in, then out, and leaving camp sites better than when we found them.

    These were special times in my life and was proud to be a staff member serving others with so many different troops and scouts each week of the summer. I remember Mark Cross, his guitar and “Good Ole Mt.Dew”. I especially remember digging out the camp sites, commissary, dining hall and hiking to the lakes without trail markers (true orienteering) in the summer of 1984 when we had snow on the ground into late June. I also remember those blue staff jackets which kept me warm in the morning when we served coffee to the scoutmasters, parents, and volunteers.

    I think I worked 14-16 hrs/day, 6 days a week, for 8 weeks in the summer of 1985 for a total of $330. If I calculated it right, I earned less than $.50/hr, just made enough to pay my plane ticket back to Indiana, but it was the best job of my life. I have many memories, stories, patches and scarves but very little pictures (if any) from this time as was amazed with pictures shown on this site.

    GTSR opened me up to international scouting and staff members serving from other countries. I believe this peaked my interest to know more about the world, different cultures, and how other people lived.

    I currently work internationally as a Project Manager, served as an assistant Scout Master for an inner city troop in Indianapolis until my children were born, and volunteer as much of my spare time to my children’s activities and schools. GTSR set me on a path of leadership, openness, and continual community service for which I will be eternally grateful.

    Thank you for the memories.

    Eric Sussman
    Eagle Scout, Troop 6
    Currently living in Mooresville, IN

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