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Camp Recipes and Cooking

Tales of Scout cooks, prized techniques and yummy recipes for gathering around the fire.

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  1. The Frugal Camp Menu 1 2 3

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  2. BACKPACKING: Breakfast 1 2 3

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  3. Cub Scout Cooking 1 2

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  4. dutch oven tips 1 2

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  5. Coffee 1 2

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  6. BACKPACKING: Dinner

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  7. Fooled to want foil?

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  8. Taco Soup

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  9. Jambalaya

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  10. Oktoberfest Meal

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  11. videos of scouts cooking

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    • If I was council president again and based my views on the membership implosion, non-interest shown in this post and few suggestions offered, I would conclude that outdoor adventure “green shirt” Venturing is not going to work anymore as a “stand alone” program.  A national program lacking broad internal interest and support cannot be rebooted by resource-lacking 18-to-21 year-olds or adults (such as parents) who are not already deeply engaged with Scouting.  If it has a future as a "stand alone" program, Venturing might need to become a council-optional program dependent entirely on volunteer management.  I am open to being convinced otherwise.
    • The Bureau of Labor statistics fact sheet clearly states it does not include any infectious event not linked to an injury. That is not the same as saying that no one is at risk of dying, which I think we both clearly agree is a high risk event. The thing about the health care profession though is that infectious disease events are not outliers, they are inherent to the work.  The type of fatality risk might be different for some professions -- falling out of tree for a logger for example vs. contracting a fatal disease for a doctor or nurse during periodic outbreaks -- but the types of individuals who choose to work in these fields both have a high threshhold for risk acceptance. However, healthcare is somehow viewed as a low risk, nurturing profession mainly because many women pursue it. When people use those kinds of false perceptions to buttress claims that women prefer menu planning and eschew action and adventure, or when they claim that women are incapable of holding leadership positions because they exhibit more neuroticism than men as was recently, and unbelievably, posted as evidence by Inquisitive Scouter, I think they need to be called out on it loudly. If you find that incomprehensible, I can only say you're going to have an interesting ride going forward in scouting as the numbers of girls and women in it increase. 
    • Yes, I'd like to see the average age of the youth abuser, and the average age of the youth abused.  Those ages would give us a clearer picture of the problem.
    • For Venturing Advisers, I would say go after the 21+ years olds who aged out of the program. Some do remain in the area, and others who are addicted to Scouting in general, and Venturing in particular do volunteer wherever they move. Hard part now will be finding them. Sadly every single EBOR I have sat in on since 2018, the Eagles say they will stay active until aging out. Reminder that 2018 was when National said 18-20 year olds not only do not count for YP purposes, but also must essentially give up friends and/or classmates who are involved in Scouting who are under 18 because of YP rules that they must follow, but again do not count towards. And if anyone says, "but 50% of the abuse is youth on youth now," I say show me the RAW data. Mark Twain said it best. "There are lies. there are d@&*ed lies. Then there are statistics."  
    • That's a great idea; and in many ways I agree with it in principle.  The problem is that the US government spent 80 odd years (after slavery was abolished) keeping their thumb on the scale (via redlining) when it comes to minority populations.  So we aren't talking about some new kid "coming lately to the game getting to take a swing".  What we have here is something more like a kid who's been on the baseball team since 1st grade, but wasn't allowed to do anything in practice but chase stray balls.  Now it's High School and he/she is told, "Congratulations, we've decided to give you a shot at making the Varsity team.  All you have to do is play better than one of the 20 other kids who've been given practice time and game experience for the last 8 years while you rode the bench."  I'm not sure how you go about "fixing" what the Government did, I certainly don't like the idea of quotas and affirmative action.  But at the same time, once you really look at how pervasive and long-lasting the impact of those policies were, it starts getting pretty hard to think just saying "Ok, we're not going to do that anymore" makes today's world anything like a fair playing board.
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