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  2. TAHAWK

    NE Illinois Council SE convicted

    "an error in judgment" That's buying a Fiat. ⬇️
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  4. qwazse

    historic trails patch

    Two places: on the right pocket of the tan shirt, or on the back of the merit badge sash.
  5. HashTagScouts

    historic trails patch

    Only very few patches should go above the BSA name. Directly above it should be any translator strips, above that name plates, and then above that Jambo patches are about the only thing that should be worn. Some units, including ours, that are chartered by the American Legion will wear a Legion patch. I have seen some councils adopt the practice of putting the NYLT patch there, though that is technically not correct. As with anything, I wouldn't worry extensively about "the uniform police"- I tend to say looking neat and tidy is the most important thing when it comes to uniform.
  6. SteveMM

    Philmont Gear Review

    My son went with his troop in early July. He had a sleeping bag that supposedly had a 20-degree rating, but in my research I saw several comments that it was really a 30-degree bag that would keep you alive at 20 degrees. It was perfect for him. He said he was never cold. Speaking of cold -- be sure to bring little things like a stocking cap and light gloves. My son moaned when I suggested he take them, but they don't weigh anything and he ended up wearing them a lot in the morning.
  7. RememberSchiff

    Dwindling Numbers

    Update Friday Aug 23, 2019: After a century, I. Goldberg Army & Navy closed Friday. Back in the 60's, my Dad bought my camping gear there. https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-closes-for-good-army-navy-taps-20190823.html https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-army-navy-philadelphia-business-closing-20190820.html
  8. Troop185

    historic trails patch

    I have a temporary patch from 1981, still on one of my uniforms. I was a new Webelos leader. We had only one Webelos meeting and went to the District Fall Camporee. 12 scouts and 11 adults. It snowed that weekend. We all received a patch, and II thought I really did something - taking the scouts out camping in the snow. After talking to a girl scout leader in my subdivision, I thought, "I didn't do so much!" The lady and another lady took 15, 3rd grade girl scouts out camping that same weekend by themselves!
  9. Eagle94-A1

    historic trails patch

    It is a temporary patch, so it is worn on the right pocket.
  10. rickmay

    historic trails patch

    my unit recently completed a historic trails activity and earned a patch in the process. can it go on the uniform, and, if so where? I think it can go above the bsa-name patch on the uniform, right?
  11. Ben

    New Member

    MattR, Thank you for your kind words.
  12. MattR

    New Member

    Good luck, @Ben
  13. Ben

    New Member

    Hi all, My name is Ben and I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 496 in Mckinney, Texas. This is part of the Circle Ten Council. I am currently seeking employment in North Texas. I have a Bachelors Degree in International Studies from the University of Missouri in Columbia Missouri. I also studied Spanish at the University of Oviedo in Oviedo Spain. I am skilled in business development, outside sales, and marketing. I am aware that a lot of Eagle Scouts are very successful in their respective careers. If you or anyone you know can help me find a position in marketing or sales near my home (Dallas)...Please let me know. My LinkedIn profile can be viewed here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bensilverglat/ Thank you for your time and I really appreciate your assistance. I am posting this because the company I previously worked for had to downsize and I was let go. Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Ben
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  15. Owls_are_cool

    GPS usage may cause dementia

    @SSScout what GPS app was your wife using? I edit maps for Waze as a hobby and enjoy the challenge of getting the app to route better. Though i use the app more to determine my time of arrivals. I did map up a BSA camp we went to this year. They report some usefulness finding areas.
  16. Owls_are_cool

    Right way to initiate Troop/Patrol Service Projects

    Troop Leader Guide vol 1 ch 10 and vol 2 ch 12 and 13 has good stuff on service projects. Lots written on scouts leading this program with adults supporting.
  17. 69RoadRunner

    Philmont Gear Review

    Yes, you really do need to be prepared for chilly nights. Maybe it won't be as cold when you go, but it could be.
  18. SSScout

    GPS usage may cause dementia

    And too, my favorite GPS thing..... NASCAR GPS: "turn left, NOW. turn left, NOW. turn left, NOW. turn left, NOW....."
  19. MattR

    Campout planning...who does it?

    I had the scouts first figure out what they wanted to do, then we figured out where to do it. Giving them lists of ideas helped a lot. Another part of figuring out what they want to do is also figuring out rough percentages of types of campouts. Is the idea to mostly be a challenge? Fun and games? A couple of our usual campouts? Without first doing that they would get stuck on an idea and all of a sudden they did that all year. They did the same for meetings.
  20. Eagle69

    Patrol cook and chef kits now

    I totally agree on the worthlessness of the skillet with the Trail Chef Kit and the cups weren't much good for anything but a measuring cup, however the rest of the kit was quite handy in my opinion. We has cast iron skillets for cooking.
  21. Cburkhardt

    BSA designates Philmont as a "No Adventure Base"

    Cheers to Philmont and National! The upgraded tents for families sound great and are exactly what we need at this time. We need more of this across the BSA property footprint where appropriate and soon. The Philmont Training Base is not the back country, and never has been. Wade Phillips built his magnificent mansion complete with its own small row of hotel rooms before the BSA was ever a factor. It was used to bring in people from around the world to experience the American West who otherwise would not have ventured there. The result? The land and wildlife was experienced, preserved and eventually became the iconic and beloved place of youth. And, most of those folks indeed experienced the rough wilderness as well. Some of the griping, in my view, is just plain silly. Al Lerner and his staff engaged in extensive research to determine how to significantly increase awareness and usage of the high adventure bases — and by extension and example the equally-important larger council properties like Goshen, Ramsberg, Owasippe and Ten Mile. I know it is true because many other current and front-line Scoutmasters like me received and responded to the surveys and asked for this in overwhelming numbers. The rustic experience of youth crews trekking across Philmont will continue as always. The fact that many more thousands of families with spouses and younger children will delight In the experiences of the training centers and associated natural beauty at Philmont, the Summitt and (hopefully) the Sea Base, canoe Base and (eventually) our best council properties will support the appropriate growth and upgrade of the BSA. Count my family and me in.
  22. mds3d

    GPS usage may cause dementia

    I don't have time to listen, but this "research" isn't linked to in the show notes. Does anyone who has listened have more information on this research? I am having a hard time believing that an author of a book about how humans used to navigate is unbiased when interpreting research about GPS.
  23. Eagledad

    GPS usage may cause dementia

    It’s all relative, my brain would have felt very small without a GPS to navigate Italy last year. I would have been stuck in roundabouts the whole trip. 😳 Barry
  24. SSScout

    GPS usage may cause dementia

    HA ! Knew it all along. True story: Hawaiian vacation. Locals all say we HAVE to visit Waimea Falls. Scenic, historic, wildlife, might go swimming, Waimea Falls.... Got in rentacar, me driving , wife in right seat, Scoutson in back with AAA guidebook and map. Wife sez, "Smartphone sez turn right, turn left turn right...." pretty soon, we are in a suburban subdivision, coulda been at home except for the palm trees. Eventually, we are on a gravel road, facing a LOCKED chain link fence gate. I say, "this CAN'T be right". Wife points to Smart phone and shrugs. Then we see it. A handpainted sign on the fence that reads: "NOT WAIMEA FALLS." Scoutson takes the photo. Scoutson pulls out map, we are at Waimea falls in about 20 minutes.....
  25. David CO

    Right way to initiate Troop/Patrol Service Projects

    Unsolicited requests for help from outside organizations go to the Chartered Organization. If the CO wants us to look at it, we will. If the CO wants some other branch of our organization to look at it, they will. Otherwise, the CO responds to the outside organization with a polite refusal letter. It's better if the outside organizations feel like they were turned down by the Chartered Organization rather than the boy scouts.
  26. dabears

    Advice for New Cubmaster

    Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful replies. I appreciate all the excellent advice!
  27. NJCubScouter

    BSA designates Philmont as a "No Adventure Base"

    I don't have a problem with this in general, but I think the BSA could pay a little more attention to how people are going to perceive things. The one thing that catches my eye is the "premium linens." Really? The whole setup is still reasonably rustic, I have no problem with a family opting for (and paying extra for) electricity, but "premium linens" seems kind of silly and unnecessary. All it does is lend itself to sarcastic exaggerations like the ones in the original post. (Plus I am not quite sure what would count as "premium linens." I am going to guess the ones we use at home would not qualify, but they do the job in a reasonably comfortable manner.)
  28. desertrat77

    BSA designates Philmont as a "No Adventure Base"

    @qwazse, I'm tracking with you. Hadn't thought of the situation in that light. I figured the Mustangs would get a small sample of Philmont and then count down the days till they could come back as a crew member. Or become a staff member. Given the dynamics you've mentioned, plus the unwelcoming tone that seems prevalent in the BSA today, I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see them leave the confines of the BSA for other trails.
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    • "an error in judgment"  That's buying a Fiat.    ⬇️
    • Two places: on the right pocket of the tan shirt, or on the back of the merit badge sash.
    • Only very few patches should go above the BSA name.  Directly above it should be any translator strips, above that name plates, and then above that Jambo patches are about the only thing that should be worn.  Some units, including ours, that are chartered by the American Legion will wear a Legion patch.  I have seen some councils adopt the practice of putting the NYLT patch there, though that is technically not correct.  As with anything, I wouldn't worry extensively about "the uniform police"- I tend to say looking neat and tidy is the most important thing when it comes to uniform. 
    • My son went with his troop in early July.  He had a sleeping bag that supposedly had a 20-degree rating, but in my research I saw several comments that it was really a 30-degree bag that would keep you alive at 20 degrees.  It was perfect for him.  He said he was never cold.  Speaking of cold -- be sure to bring little things like a stocking cap and light gloves.  My son moaned when I suggested he take them, but they don't weigh anything and he ended up wearing them a lot in the morning.
    • Update Friday Aug 23, 2019:  After a century, I. Goldberg Army & Navy closed Friday. Back in the 60's, my Dad bought my camping gear there.   https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-closes-for-good-army-navy-taps-20190823.html https://www.inquirer.com/business/i-goldberg-army-navy-philadelphia-business-closing-20190820.html
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