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    • No, I was a parent for many years on the outside looking in with no knowledge of where the rules even were. I also respected my son's wish to have a place without parents looking over his shoulder. I was finally able to get in because of a job change that gave me more freedom and I joined a different troop to keep out of my son's hair. I think he had a far better experience that way. Once I got my green light to join, I was very keen on knowing the rules in general, specifically the advancement section. Mainly because I recognized how some made up or misinterpreted rules were used against my son. And thus, could also be used against other scouts. People are taught not to question the authority. I'm certainly no rules expert and I can easily forget or muddle things myself. My sharpness comes from events involving my own son. Things where Scouters were making up stuff in regards to advancement etc. There were gates put up because of retaliation when my son reported being bullied by a popular scout. As far as YP, we had an adult outside of scouting who did the classic items you see in YPT2. I'm extremely thankful my wife and I listened to our guts and kept our kid away from him. He was eventually arrested by the FBI and was put in prison. That's why I caution folks who are going to take YPT2 for the first time because it triggered things in me because I saw all the different things that lowlife tried to do to my son and us.  As far as a refresher, I'm not sure. We all had to take the YPT2 last spring. I haven't seen anyone who isn't aware of it, except for that first incident I mentioned where the adult was actively looking to break the provisions. That was bad in all respects and they were called out on it by others too. All those other incidents were simple nods to the affect that we were vigilant and stepped up correctly. I still laugh at that scout who kept following me when I was trying to stay out of a 1-on-1 situation. The scouts don't understand that side of things. If there is any aspect of training we should do, it's to do a very simple talk with scouts about not being in a 1-on-1 situation outside of family members.     
    • I think First Aid can be another good one to do at camp.  I agree on most of the Eagle-required badges - many of them are not really suited for camp, anyway.  For Environmental Science, one option could be to have the requirements that require report writing be done prior to camp as pre-requisites (in order to complete the badge at camp).  That might be about the only way to make it work when camps have limited equipment (computers, printers, internet access, etc.).
    • I put okra in gumbo, not sure I have ever used it in jambalaya.  
    • Yep, cooking is a prime example.   How does anyone learn to cook?  On a kitchen stove or wood camp fire?   Three things are necessary:   Hunger and boredom with the current menu (!!),  someone to demonstrate possibilities, and or instruction. Scout Iron Chef episodes are great.   I remember a "Scout Chef"   camp, I still have the souvenir woggle from it.   How could your District encourage such events?    Like a Camporee but with a  THEME of  "Clever Nutrition"?   We have a Tasters Walk in a neighboring local,  every restaurant sets up a tasting table in front and you walk the sidewalk and TASTE ! You buy a slew of tickets (it is a charity fundraiser) and for a ticket or two, you get a sample of whatever the restaurant special is.   Something like that?   Patches? Woggles?  Prizes?
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