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    • That's why the founders gave us the fourth amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Sadly most Americans are too stupid or too willing to be subjugated to the government "for safety" to appreciate the wisdom contained in those few words. Thank you very much but I'll carry whatever it pleases me to carry, in the manner of a free man.
    • "It's the UK folks" - what's that shorthand for? Genuinely interested, not getting snarky. I mean, I'm assuming you mean "It's the UK folks, where all the civilised people stayed" but... A quick google suggests lots of people have suggested to the government that they discuss it, but I can't find anywhere where it's actually been discussed in parliament. I mean, as far as I can work out, not much useful has been discussed in parliament since the 2016 moment of madness (Br***t). Anyhoo, there's a government petition site and more or less anything that gets more than 100,000 votes will be discussed in some form in parliament. And discussion is one thing, being made UK law is quite another. And yes, if the police have reason to believe you want to use *anything* as an offensive weapon, you might have explaining to do. And yes, that includes your multitool. Basic laws on knives
      It’s illegal to: sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less
      carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade with a cutting edge 3 inches long or less
      carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
      use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife)
      In Scotland, 16 to 18 year olds are allowed to buy cutlery and kitchen knives. Lock knives
      Lock knives are not classed as folding knives and are illegal to carry in public without good reason. Lock knives: have blades that can be locked and refolded only by pressing a button
      can include multi-tool knives - tools that also contain other devices such as a screwdriver or can opener From: https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives  
    • FYI, I saw they updated the med forms today.  From what I see they look cleaner and highlight epi-pens and rescue inhailers. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_AB.pdf
    • Well, we've visited both potential packs. Both my daughter and I really prefer the pack that is closer to our home. She feels much more comfortable there. The other pack, she didn't want to be there, she wanted to go home, and she didn't want to go back. Why? I'm not sure. I felt it wasn't as organized as I would have liked but I didn't have the visceral "I don't like it here" reaction that she did. But the one in our neighborhood seems like a super fun, super inviting sort of a group, with a decent amount of structure and discipline while still room for kids to be kids, as well as a great meeting space for kids to play indoor games in winter and next door to a large park for outdoor activities closer to summer. 

      My daughter is sad about "splitting up" from the other kid her age from our old Pack, but we'll be getting together to work on the Moviemaking pin and I'm sure other things over the next year they have as Webelos; and they'd eventually have to go to different Troops anyway. 

      I'm feeling a lot better just having the decision made. Now we just have to figure out how we handle her re-registration.
    • Pick a small number of people who either know or will learn quickly what will work best.  If you really feel like the committee needs to vote make it an up or down vote on the proposed tents. After a lot of research and some missteps our troop has gone to ALPS Mountaineering 5 Person Outfitter tents.  Three scouts and gear comfortably for weekends.  One of the reasons we went with them was when were still researching and experimenting I had purchased a four man version, and after a wild thunderstorm mine was the only tent standing and dry .  The less fortunates included a couple Timberline Outfitters. Hikerdirect.com (ALPS) sells to scouts at a deep discount.  
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