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  1. Origin of the Eagle Pledge and Eagle Charges

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  2. Back to GiLLwell . . .

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  3. 1942 Homemade Canoe

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    • I recently saw a very nice framed display of Boy Scout patches for sale on eBay (including Eagle Scout rank and palms). I could tell that this boy was very active in Scouting in a Los Angeles troop during the 1990s. However, I felt sad that this collection was up for sale because my own Boy Scout patch collection is a treasure to me. Did the original owner die? Was his patch collection somehow lost or stolen?  The framed collection happened to have an engraved plate with the name of the Scout. With some help from Google, I tracked him down - now working as an attorney in Massachusetts. I felt an obligation to notify him that his patch collection was for sale on eBay in case he wanted to reclaim it. I reached him by phone only to learn that he had intentionally given up his patch collection during an estate sale after his parents died. He had no idea who was selling it on eBay and he had no interest in getting it back. Obviously, some folks are not so sentimental about such things.
    • Urgh. It moved from one type of platform to another. The products, as @HelpfulTracks said, have remained the same and is branded under Creative Cloud. If you use or know the product it is the same darn thing. And revenues are up. Who cares? Accuracy does.
    • I was an SA twenty-five years with the same troop.  The districts had their moments, and they had periods of dysfunction.  The council was largely dysfunctional for all twenty-five years and it remains so.  The dysfunction at those levels was irrelevant to the troop's program.  We had forty to seventy Scouts involved in an active program of Boy Scouting - tenting every month, sun, rain or snow.   We did our own summer camp more years than not because the PLC decided we did a better job overall than any of the many council camps we sampled, and we did.   After all, the troop was a going concern for four years before BSA arrived in the area, as the troop in which I was a Scout was a going concern sixteen years before BSA arrived in that area.  The old, superior literature and ideas are still easily available.  Who do you want as Wilderness Survival "counselor," a sixteen year-old who only "knows" what's in the pathetic BSA pamphlet or the assistant course director of a U.S. Army Ranger survival course?  "Many times "Teacher of the Year" biology teacher or another kid with a pamphlet who could not ID a Barred Owl when it was siting on a branch twenty feet away in plain sight? Units, given the right leadership, don't need district or council.  Few units have that leadership, and council, through its districts, is supposed to train the adults and the leaders. When council fails?   Our troop did leader training when BSA basically abandoned it, other than the week-long variety few attend - in 1971.  (Still waiting for the "new" JLOW syllabus?  No.  Why wait? We have a volunteer in the council who has prepared a unique SM Basic syllabus, and that is what we have been using for several years.  The trainees love it - don't want to leave after the closing ceremony.  The clueless council Training chairman has no idea.   In my life, I have lived trough the regimes of a number of useless political office-holders.  I distinguish living my life and doing the best I can from what is going in in city hall, the state house, and the cesspool on the Potomic.  If a Soviet officer could save German children in Berlin as it fell in April, 1945, what really stops you - now -  from doing good in Scouting now? I have fifty years in Scouting June 8th.  In all that time, program has never been B.S.A.'s top priority, as it says it is.  So what?  The change I see is fewer dedicated volunteers. We are not prevented from doing our best in the vast majority of cases in Scouting despite what goes on at the district, council, or National.  They an make our Scouting lives easier or harder but it can only stop you, 99% of the time, if you allow it.   So we have some more female kids going to be in the program- not after over forty years of having some in the program.   Want to keep bemoaning? See ?  It's the words smallest violin playing "Woe is you." The council to my south offers all the old training, and the new, as the "University of Scouting."  Anyone close to Akron want to help us?  
    • "Are you coming down into the Pit? Westley's got his strength back. I am starting him on The Blockchain* tonight." "Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work. But I've got my country's five hundredth anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I'm swamped." "Get some rest - if you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything." *Ok, that word isn't in the original.
    • On May 6, 2013 Adobe announced that CS6 would be the last version of the Creative Suite,[2][3][4] and that future versions of their creative software would only be available via their Adobe Creative Cloud subscription model. Adobe also announced that it would continue to support CS6 and would provide bug fixes and security updates through the next major upgrades of both Mac and Windows operating systems (as of 2013).[5] The Creative Suite packages were pulled from Adobe's online store in 2013,[6] but were still available on their website until January 2017.[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Creative_Suite https://www.dpreview.com/news/3633651596/adobe-cs6-has-been-officially-retired But who knows maybe Adobe changed their mind or renamed new product after old. Who cares?  
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