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    • Sorry I wasn't there. I never lament the lack of beer. But, I would have definitely lamented the lack of 1919!
    • Did the event book include twenty-seven 8 x 10 colored Glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of Each one explainin' what each one was?
    • I admit I and other adults ran the show. Goal was for the Scouts to compete and have fun. All the ideas for events came the previous camporee's SPL crackerbarrel. I did use the BSA's COMPLETE WILDERNESS TRAINING book by Hugh McManners for source material. As for the book, I admit it was 20 to 30 pages, plus 4 addendum answering questions various adult unit Scouters had. Edited.      book had ideas, sources for additional info, and a section on sheath knives. As for knives, I got a Becker 21 kukri for Christmas and carried it that weekend.
    • Sounds like our neck of the woods too.   I was director of a multi-district camporee a few years go.  I tried to my best to buck these nanny-state trends.  Had some success.  At the cracker barrel I stressed my thanks and respect to the units that took the time to participate.  That the oath and law covered 99 percent of what we expected that weekend.  Our package was only a few pages, mostly dedicated to the events and schedule. So after a few moments I stopped talking and asked if they had anything for me.  No?  Okay, see you around camp. Ah, not so fast.  One of my fellow staffers, a true WBer through and through, stopped everybody from leaving.  Rather, demanded they stop and listen to him talk.  He gave them a long condescending speech about the aims of scouting, including a quiz ("Who can name the second aim of scouting?  Anybody?"), safety briefing ala tie your shoes and don't stare into the sun, etc. Embarrassing and unnecessary.   And we wonder why units stay away from these events in droves. And the OA advisors!  Another group of adults that should not be seen nor heard. 
    • And National is perfectly happy to walk the line with regards to outside vendors, anybody remember this, https://www.alamoareabsa.org/news/libertymutualmailing/?
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