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    • For those interested....   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vylJt_4NeVs
    • Our council camp allows bikes for staff, scouts, and scouters as long as they also use helmets. Rarely do you see anyone use them though. Most find them to get in the way of things as they have to park them out of the way of main traffic zones etc. Most times I only see a few staff use them, rarely any scouts unless there is some need for them.  Most common wheeled vehicles one sees are wagons and "cars on approval". The wagons haul back the ice. Cars are for general staff needs, adults/scouts with mobility issues where warranted, or field trips out of the camp. 
    • I note  the assumption of guilt.   Almost everyone in prison is "innocent,"  according to them   Typically the accused is guilty, but not always.  There have been accusations of sexual abuse of children against people who turned out to clearly innocent.   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2925577 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_allegation_of_child_sexual_abuse https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMartin_preschool_trial  
    • Ah the memories. The troop of my youth wanted the scouts to experience killing, cleaning and cooking animals. First we killed a one hog as a troop and cooked it on a spit for 24 hours. Each patrol also killed and eat chickens and turkeys. The turkey is the most member-able because chopping the head off of a turkey isn't as easy as the adults assumed. They are heavy when holding them by one arm, and they can fight. After the first couple of failed attempts by the patrols, the adults took over and it went easier. Next we drop the turkeys in boiling water to make feather removal easier. Then we wrap the turkey in foil, wet cardboard, then more foil, drop then in a bit and moved fire over them. The problem with cooking in a boy scout fire pits is that scouts tend to poke their fires with sticks. I don't remember why we were so lucky, but our turkey was the only one that survived out of the eight. So, we fed the whole troop.  Because of that experience, I kind of suggested of finding a different method of cooking turkey above ground, and that is how we learn of the chicken fence towers wrapped in foil. Turkeys above the ground are easier to gauge when the turkey is done, and the fire can be controlled by adding or removing charcoal. It is so easy that the patrols cook turkeys a lot.  Barry
    • Lazarus is located in the heart of the Columbus suburbs, and one of those camps where the area around it has become completely developed.  If they have 60 acres that they really don't use it's likely they could get a very good price for that property, and stabilize the finances for Lazarus for the future. Our council did this with a very similar piece of one of our camps, and the endowment set up from the proceeds of that sale was a big part of what allowed us to opt out of the Michigan Mess. I've never been to CLR, but 1100 scouts at summer camp seems like a low number considering how big the council is.  I doubt that a camp used only for weekend camping can bring in enough revenue to cover even its most basic operating costs.  If you don't have enough summer camp revenue to cover the cost of summer camp, plus facilities, you're going to face some very hard choices.
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