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  2. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Is that what he meant or did he mean Scoutreach? I know our council spends a lot of time on both L4L and Scoutreach vs Venturing.
  3. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Yes Yes - Learning for Life Scouts. A program with great intentions and really can fit a need. That being said, it is rife with potential for abuse and membership shenanigans. These Scouts are 14% of the membership total for BSA (2016 numbers). The councils and nationals solicit monies for their membership, so in many cases no real cost to the participants. They may not even know they are involved in Scouts. Actually in some cases they did not know because the groups never met and were paper only units.
  4. Same CO...multiple CORs

    Maybe....but I have serious doubts. Safe bet our COR has never had interaction except when we track him down to sign something... No argument there....just like the CM or SM should never do the CC or committee member stuff....etc... but that aint likely to ever be reality either....
  5. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    I agree about venturing.... although I honestly have always felt like it's an afterthought spin-off and there's no way around it.... Just fundamentally seems to me that what venturing does really should be what a troop does already. Anyway, i often figured that "venturing" high adventure and flexibility would go a long way into holding interest more than the classroom that regular scouts has evolved into..... except it really seems to me that venturing just "works" better in some places rather than others..... in my brain, folks near mountains have more high adventure options.... here in the North Florida flatlands we have some good stuff but more limiting I think....scuba (although for really good diving you still have to travel a long way) , sailing, flat water paddling, and mountain biking. Things like backpacking around here is mostly on trails that aren't so redeeming and the season is limited....folks near mountains and more northern places can do all of those things + rock climbing, tons of winter sports options, white water paddling, and all sorts of great backpacking and camping options summer and winter
  6. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    With all due respect to Qwazse, it is the understatement of the past 2 decades. Venturing had so much potential when I first heard about it in May 1998, that A) I was jealous that Exploring was not like it reagarding the recognitions and challenges to get them when I was of age and B) could not wait to promote it. Sadly my council focused o Cubs and "in school Scouting" units.
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  8. L.L.Bean to embed IoT sensors in coats and boots

    Depends on the hiker's medical history and preferences, the selected monitoring system and its response protocol. It could be a alarm to the hiker and to a monitoring station with a callback similar to a home security system and likely notification of other networked hiking members near you. Or it could be self-monitoring with an alarm call list. Or something else. I agree the tech is remarkable. There are even non-invasive diabetes sensors now. I am skeptical of the sensors being in clothing or boots, I think arm/ankle bands would be more workable.
  9. It does not make you the District Chair. It makes you a COR who showed up at the annual district meeting to exercise their voting right.
  10. L.L.Bean to embed IoT sensors in coats and boots

    Nah, they are just arguing two very different scenarios. Col. Flagg is talking transmission. He is correct that without the transmission data doesn't do much good. If this tech is using NFC, then there MUST be an intermediary communication device, because unless things have changed recently, NFC is good for a max of a few inches. And then that device needs to be able to retransmit to the larger network. Though I will say that during some FEMA training, the instructor said that most SAR actions take place in urban areas. FEMA even has an Urban SAR group. So data transmission may not be as much a factor in Urban areas with technology (assuming the victim has tech........and it's working........ and it is on....... and communicates useful data) Schiff is talking data value. I believe he is saying that data provided by these type devices may improve search and rescue efforts. He is right, more and better data are almost always a good thing if it is available I guess I would ask another question, assuming your fancy new duds, tracked the right kind of data, and they were able to transmit that data, what would be the trigger for emergency response or SAR? I mean, did my heart rate tracking stop because a tree fell on my head or because my base layer malfunctioned? Then, how do you bridge the communication gap? The SAR folks looking for me will likely not know who my clothing is talking too. The guy monitoring me in Mumbai probably won't know who to call to forward the data too. I mean, we can't get two different law enforcement agencies to talk to each other, I would be stunned if anyone could pull that trick off. All this tech is cool, but there are still major limitations.
  11. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    And join the 10,000 other scouters who've had that door slammed in their face? Great strategy for masochists. Exactly ... that's what rogue troops did. BSA4G is the result. We're all victims of their success. ^^ Understatement of the decade!
  12. I suppose, if you're the only one, it makes you the chairman.
  13. Streamlined Cub Scout Adventure Plans

    I was a new Tiger DL this past October. I went down and bought the Den Leader Guidebook and put it in a 3 ring binder and even took it to a few meetings. I was sorry I wasted the money after I really looked at it. On my own I determined I could plan my meeting and conduct just using the Addendum. I wonder if who wrote the DL Guidebook has ever been around a room of 1st grade boys.
  14. Job opening at National

    No, it is alive and well. The branding changed, the delivery model changed, pricing structure changed. But other than versioning upgrades. the products are the same and growing. Though I admit it is a strange app suite given the job, most of the tools are professional level design tools, overkill for those not in that industry.
  15. Sad sign of the times

    I am not arguing that free speech should be against the law, in fact, I served to defend the Consitution and those rights. Unfortunately, many people are in fact unwilling/unable to engage in civil debate, particularly among our elected officials who seem to think their primary purpose is to get elected/re-elected rather than serve. And as adamant as I am about defending all of the rights in the Consitution, you are incorrect that in the assertion that the 2nd amendment is a blanket protection against any legislation.
  16. Sunday Morning segment on the BSA

    Venturing could use some serious PR. I'd never heard of it until last year, so out of curiosity, I asked around a bit. Of the 7 or 8 parents in our neighborhood with daughters my youngest son's age (9), only one of them thought they knew what it was. None of them could tell me which town(s) have crews near us. My almost 14 year old daughter does want high adventure, and will be joining Venturers in the fall.
  17. EBOR question

    Glad that Scouters didn't need to be around when I did my project. Only adult there was my mom, and she took care of snacks and drinks. My buddies did all the work, and I did the supervising.
  18. Technically you are as CORs are part of the district and council committees with voting rights. Grant you I've only seen 1 COR do just that, but he was also the district chairman as well.
  19. Nope. I'm not a district folk either.
  20. Yesterday
  21. Region XII Song - for posterity

    There. Fixed. In the first line that's, stri' ped [rhymes with keds'] We're here for fun right from the start so drop your dignity, Just laugh and sing with all your heart and show your loyalty. May all your troubles be forgot, Let this night be the best. Join in the songs we sing tonight, Be happy with the rest. Tune: Auld Lang Syne
  22. Streamlined Cub Scout Adventure Plans

    I hope not, but it sure seems that way at times.
  23. You're not in NC by any chance? One of my district folks said nearly the exact same thing when I told them how long I was in Scouting when I first moved here.
  24. Sad sign of the times

    ::Putting on moderator hat combat helmet:: This discussion of who (if anyone) is "dishonest" is over. Now. The discussion of who or what is a "terrorist" or "terrorist organization," at least in the context of people and groups who have not been convicted of such an offense, is also over. Also Now. Thank you all for your cooperation. @RememberSchiff @LeCastor
  25. Oh, I thought you ran out of fingers and toes.
  26. It’s more, but I don’t like showing my cards. Barry
  27. Good point. It’s a whole new ball game. But, until experience shows us different, we work with what we know. Barry
  28. 20 years experience? You're practically a rookie. I have almost twice that. And I've been thinking all along that you were one of us old-timers.
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    • Is that what he meant or did he mean Scoutreach?  I know our council spends a lot of time on both L4L and Scoutreach vs Venturing.
    • Yes Yes - Learning for Life Scouts.  A program with great intentions and really can fit a need.  That being said, it is rife with potential for abuse and membership shenanigans.  These Scouts are 14% of the membership total for BSA (2016 numbers).  The councils and nationals solicit monies for their membership, so in many cases no real cost to the participants.  They may not even know they are involved in Scouts.  Actually in some cases they did not know because the groups never met and were paper only units.
    • Maybe....but I have serious doubts.  Safe bet our COR has never had interaction except when we track him down to sign something...   No argument there....just like the CM or SM should never do the CC or committee member stuff....etc... but that aint likely to ever be reality either....
    • I agree about venturing.... although I honestly have always felt like it's an afterthought spin-off and there's no way around it.... Just fundamentally seems to me that what venturing does really should be what a troop does already. Anyway, i often figured that "venturing" high adventure and flexibility would go a long way into holding interest more than the classroom that regular scouts has evolved into..... except it really seems to me that venturing just "works" better in some places rather than others..... in my brain, folks near mountains have more high adventure options.... here in the North Florida flatlands we have some good stuff but more limiting I think....scuba (although for really good diving you still have to travel a long way) , sailing, flat water paddling, and mountain biking.  Things like backpacking around here is mostly on trails that aren't so redeeming and the season is limited....folks near mountains and more northern places can do all of those things + rock climbing, tons of winter sports options, white water paddling, and all sorts of great backpacking and camping options summer and winter
    •   With all due respect to Qwazse, it is the understatement of the past 2 decades. Venturing had so much potential when I first heard about it in May 1998, that A) I was jealous that Exploring was not like it reagarding the recognitions and challenges to get them when I was of age and B) could not wait to promote it. Sadly my council focused o Cubs and "in school Scouting" units.
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