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    • 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.
    • 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.  
    • 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.
    • 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.
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