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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC OCTOBER 7, 1988 ,OB|TUARIES 'Joyce Dillingh m Rock -Back home for several now, Mary Jo Knittig has been ng and assessing her recent trip to southeast England another actuli and eight teenagers. ?up became acquaintgd with only shortly before the trip in Girl Scouting in Little Rock, is leader of Troop 108, Brady and Association Team Chair for Valley Association, working with leaders. She is Administrator of Health Resources for as and a member of of Good Counsel parish. with a sense of adventure that for and was accepted for Exchange Program spon- the Ouachita Girl Scout Coun- faint of heart need not apply. the rigid requirements were stamina; ability to walk dis- lity to adapt to adverse condi- ngness to handle large sums ey; and experience in dealing was coordinated by the Guides and Ouachita Girl In 1908, Lord Baden-Powell, !ndon native, founded the Boy years later, he helped orga- Guides, the equivalent of was met at Gatwick Air- individual host families and felt a warm welcome as they r Separate homes. All of the within an hour's drive of They adapted to the individ- es subh as keeping hours and habits as to sleep- and watching the telly (TV). Way, no one felt like a tourist," Jo. "We adjusted to their hosts in Sanderstead were and Piers' Hubbard and daughter is a Girl Guide leader in Eng- minor concessions were made aanguage. A bobby is a an elevator is a lift; the hood bonnet; a line is a queue; and the loo. occasions, the group from together with two leaders lish Girl Guides for Lon- Wearing their uni- ;pecial treatment as the English Parliament, No. i. BucRingham Palace, of London, St. Paul's Cathe- Linda, Gail and.Piers Hubbard dral, Harrod's and the Hard Rock Cafe. The highlight of the trip was a nine- day International Camp at Sussex, in Ardingly, south of London. Approxi- mately 2,800 Boy and Girl Scouts and Girl Guides with leaders camped out in tents. The group represented four conti- nents and 24 countries. Describing it as "well run," Kriittig admitted that the size of the operation was at times overwhelming. A daily newsletter kept everyone informed about the events. The Americans were impressed with the fact that everyone from the different nations spoke the English language. Earl Wayne Fritschie, 37, Fort Smith, died September 17. Loretta M. Latta Parks, 43, of No. 4 Darby Place, Little Rock, died Septem- ber 19; husband: Cary; daughters: Courtney Elizabeth Latta and Heather Marie Latta, both of Fort Smith; father and stepmotheh Rudolph and Louise Worner, Fort Smith; sister: Dorothy Sulli- van, Fort Smith; brother: Rudy J. Worner, Fort Sntith. Prince Charles at a polo match, viewed Westminster Cathedral (a Catholic church), toured the village countrysides and eaten at McDonald's. George Robert Taylor, 71, Clarksville, died September 18; wife: Kathryn; sons: Robert M., Clarksville; Dr. Larry D., Tal- lahassee, FL; Richard A., Slidell, LA; daughter: Karen Gist, New Orleans, LA; brothers: Armil, John and Garner, all of Clarksville; sisters: Ruby Villines and Eileen Pitts, both of Clarksville; 5 grand- children. Knittig's own memories center on the beautiful English gard+ns, in full bloom with roses and lavender in the summer; a taste for afternoon tea with scones and strawberries; seeing the vast grassy parks in the middle of London which all enjoy; children frolicking on the green without chiggers or mosquitos attacking them. "The English have an immense respect for age and tradition for these cannot be bought," Knittig said. Activities were as varied as barn danc- Next summer, the Arkansans will ing, discos, rock climbing, badminton, reciprocate with their English hosts. hot air balloons, parascending and rifle They will arrive under the same condi- shooting. The traditional morning flag. tions, which are to adapt to the house- raising ceremonies and evening camp hold in which they stay. Linda Hubbard fires helped to stimulate friendships, wil!, be Knittig s guest. 'We were not bound to stay at camp," We have warned them that they said Knittig. The group took advantage won t be seeing any castles or palaces,' of tickets available for plays in London said Knittig , adding, "I'm not sure they at night. A weekend side trip to believedus. Brighton, a seaside resort and fishing Since being home, the girls parents port, was enjoyable, have remarked on the confidence and oq Sunday, an impressive non- maturity the Scouts acquired on their den, ,ninational ceremony was held adventure. (They didn t see how excited familiar melodies such as Kumbaya they were when Governor Bill Clinton of sung in man), languages. Closing cere- "Arkansas boarded their homebound monies with singing, fireworks and a plane at Cincinnati, OH) torch parade helped to fulfill the camp's purpose. "They wanted us to feel united as Girl and Boy Scouts," said Knittig, "and we did." Leaving London for home, the Amer- icans had a chance to share adventures. Some had been to Windsor Castle, seen HILL GARAGE and CKER SERVICE,,Inc, 851-1575 )5 CONWAY HWY. 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