...in the spring of 1969. I was a member of Troop 5...

Submitted by Christopher Manning, Riverside Police Department Lieutenant (retired) on January 2, 2013

My first experience on Mt. Rubidoux occurred in the spring of 1969.  I was a member of Troop 5, Riverside County Council, Boy Scouts of America.  We were chartered to Jackson Elementary School in the Arlington neighborhood.  On Saturday night, we met at Camp Evans, at the base of the mountain.  Two hours before dawn, we were roused  by our Scoutmasters and organized into lines of scouts to light the trail up the mountain for the annual Easter Sunrise Service.  This was my first experience of service to the community and I reflect on it as the impetus for my lifetime of service.  I am still serving in the Boy Scouts of America, now as an adult volunteer on the Western Regional Committee of the National Council.  

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