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    • Before back in day, some hiked.  Below two Venezuelan Boy Scouts , Rafael Petit , left, and Juan Carmona, right, sit on the steps of the Capitol Build and examine their boots after hiking 25 miles a day for over two years to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington, D.C. They started from Caracas on January 11, 1935 and hiked through Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, then through the southern US all the way to  Washington where they arrived June 16, 1937, after more than 10,000 miles. https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2016871844/  
    • I think part of the problem was that while there were weather delays that of course cascaded across the country as happens with a hub system, there was also the problem that many contingents were delivered to the airport many, many hours before their scheduled flight, sometimes, based on comments posted on-line, 8, 10, or more hours in advance. I saw one contingent was delivered to the airport in the early morning hours, for a flight that was not scheduled to depart until 7:00 p.m. that evening. No airport is equipped to handle that many people arriving that early. You can't check bags for a flight more than 4 hours in advance (at least that's what contingents were reporting online was what they were told at CLT). If you can't check-in yet, you can't get a boarding pass. And no boarding pass, no going through security, which means you don't have access to the food court areas. That led many to get stuck outside, because the ticket counter areas was at capacity, since they were way early and couldn't go through security to get to the more spacious gate areas. It wasn't necessarily that there were delays (there were), it was also that there were departing passengers at the airport waaaaaay early.
    • The trip you have outlined looks very nice. For paddlers with SOME experience.  Do not (DO NOT) do this without several break in trips.  Ask around, there are sure to be some flat water rivers or big ponds nearby to practice on.  You need some experience to build on. Learn emergency stuff. Paddle skills come in practice.  J stroke wasn't made in a day.  Find your local Canoe Cruisers Club, a national loose amalgamation of paddlers, enlist them as Canoe Merit Badge Counselors (!).  Fall trip could work after summer camp Canoe MB earners.   Are your boats to be rented or owned locally so you can use whenever?   The CCC can help with this.  Maybe your local Scout Camp has boats to borrow, cartop racks, trailer for holding 8 at a time?   ""Is it so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly... "Nice? It's the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." "Simply messing...about in boats -- or with boats... In or out of 'em it doesn't matter. Nothing seems to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not.""
    • This is from the current Guide to Advancement:
      So I think Scouts can come up with service projects in different ways.  A patrol might come up with some ideas on their own.  The PLC might come up with some.  The Scoutmaster or other adults might come up with some ideas (but those ideas should go through the SPL, PLC, or Patrol Leader, as applicable).  An adult service project coordinator (committee member) could help coordinate or mentor / coach, and the level of involvement could vary depending on circumstances and the maturity level of the Scout(s). And there is some guidance for leadership projects done in lieu of the POR requirement for Star or Life in section Positions Must Be Chosen From Among Those Listed.    
    • Guide to Advancement (2012, need to look at newer version) talks about a scout discussing with the scoutmaster if the service project proposal qualifies for advancement. From this discussion, the scoutmaster approves or disapproves the project.   I am thinking that this is a topic I should bring up in scoutmaster conferences. "Says here that you need 6 service hours to earn your star rank. What do you have in mind? Should the scouts identify service projects or should the committee?" @Tatung42 Just wow. 
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