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  2. MattR

    Oktoberfest Meal

    Since you made everything else from scratch, try getting a spaetzle maker and making your own. Some 20 years ago someone from Germany brought us one. It's easy and tastes good. We're still using the same one.
  3. Jackdaws

    Jamboree on the Air

    Sadly no. This is something that I have been wanting to participate in for the last 6 years and for what ever reason it just never pans out or isn't that well advertised in my council.
  4. 69RoadRunner

    Oktoberfest Meal

    Something like that would have made an interesting alternative, but also perhaps a bit of a tease.
  5. qwazse

    Advice for a new wood badger

    For fits and giggles I looked at some recent venturing packets for area gatherings ... max was 8 pages and that included the roster crews were to turn in.
  6. This past weekend was BSA's annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). Did any of y'all participate? Story about this year's JOTA: https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/northern-slo-county-boy-scouts-connect-with-scouts-overseas-via-radio-for-jota-joti-jamboree
  7. qwazse

    Oktoberfest Meal

    Sorry I wasn't there. I never lament the lack of beer. But, I would have definitely lamented the lack of 1919!
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  9. Jameson76

    Advice for a new wood badger

    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?
  10. Eagle94-A1

    Advice for a new wood badger

    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.
  11. desertrat77

    Advice for a new wood badger

    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.
  12. walk in the woods

    BSA’s new Background Check Authorization Form

    And National is perfectly happy to walk the line with regards to outside vendors, anybody remember this, https://www.alamoareabsa.org/news/libertymutualmailing/?
  13. MattR

    Court of Honor

    Our scouts like the open mic part of reviewing events. That's where the funny stories come out. It's usually a case of you had to be there but the scouts have fun. Make it a celebration as much as praising scouts for a job well done. Yes.
  14. desertrat77

    Advice for a new wood badger

    I agree! Dad was stationed in Panama/Canal Zone. I was a brand new Boy Scout, just crossed over, first hike with the troop. Each scout had a machete. I was loaned one for the hike. Deep jungle. No adults. Star Scout/SPL ran the show. Everyone conducted themselves like good scouts. Wonderful day, didn't want it to end. I'll never forget it.
  15. Jameson76

    Advice for a new wood badger

    District has a winter event, we have stopped attending. Basically run by the adults in the OA, complete with (I kid you not) 20 page handbook. Troops and patrols are told what they should bring, how they should dress, are evaluated as such. I asked one time why not send out a list of events, patrols bring what they think they need? Blank stares. My final straw was when the SPL and I went to the Friday meetings and there was a 20 minute diatribe on Safety. Yes be safe, but Good Lord. Then another 15 minutes health lodge processes. MY SPL leaned over and asked if we couldn't just handle stuff at the campsite if needed, I said you bet. In the 45 minute meeting maybe 5 minutes about the program. Don't get me started on the convoluted formulas, secret calculations, and mystery awarded points to determine the "winner" of the camporee. Funniest thing was at all the assemblies, etc the only ones talking were the OA adults, they had actual Scouts standing there but none of them we (I guess??) deemed worthy to be in charge. Guess with all their WB and OA training they missed the whole youth led stuff
  16. Double Eagle

    Advice for a new wood badger

    Since it was brought up, I'm a knife nut. I usually have a few on me and even a machete when camping. With that said, the council-owned property rules in writing say no sheath knives. I'm ok with that as long as can bring my machete. The down side of sheath knives is the weak pleather sheath worn in the front with a "western 628" type in it. As a paratrooper we had our jumpmaster knives on our legs without stabbing ourselves. Just a quality sheath worn the right way to be safe. And, machetes still rock!
  17. Eagledad

    Court of Honor

    I'm more of the short and sweat kind of person with food or cake somewhere in there for socializing. Maybe a skit, or a couple of funny stories about summer camp? This is a good place for parents to talk to leaders. Six scouts is pretty intimate, so it can't go long without a slide show or something. Scripts are good so long as the speaker understands the subject. Reading words without context come off cold. Have some fun. The COH can get more business as the scouts mature and the troop grows larger. We usually like to pick one adult to make a special praise for their effort or something they did that was memorable, like fall in the lake. Make it short and fun so the one adult part isn't boring. And, PLEASE, No WB Beadings. Barry
  18. desertrat77

    Advice for a new wood badger

    Outstanding Eagle94! What a great camporee!
  19. 69RoadRunner

    Oktoberfest Meal

    Sigh, the lack of beer was a frequent lament. To be honest, this wasn't that hard to do. Adults have a three burner stove, so it was just a matter of thinking through the best order. We started the applesauce first. Then the green beans and spaetzel. The pork was really quick, so it was last. The only thing that slowed us was not having enough pots to run all 3 burners at once (applesauce, beans and spaetzel). We try to set an example for the scouts to go beyond basic meals. Plus we like to eat well.
  20. Eagle94-A1

    Advice for a new wood badger

    HEHEHEHEHE. Last camporee I ran, sheath knives were REQUIRED for several events. It was a wilderness survival camporee. Talk about freaking people out. I had to put out an addendum stating sheath knives are allowed by BSA and state law. I even had to post links to BSA literature and Scoutstuff.org to prove it.
  21. qwazse

    Court of Honor

    If I were you, I would keep it simple and interactive. Use the nicest part of the building. Set up only a couple of dozen chairs so everyone is nice and close. The 12-points candles are nice, but practice lighting them well in advance. If attendance is solid, you could have each of your scouts light a candle and present two points. Same with the color guard. If you haven't done so already, teach the PL how to advance to the front with the scouts who aren't color-guard, wait for the scouts to be seated, welcome everyone, then command the colorguard to advance. She would do the same thing in the middle only in reverse. Scripts are nice, but I think you might want to take advantage of this being a small group: As you give awards, you might ask each scout to present one thing that they enjoyed doing so far. If they have a favorite scouting song, maybe they should sing it, or teach the audience to sing it. One of the scouts might have shown herself to be a good story-teller. Then, there's your SM minute. And I think nobody has a script for your situation! I think the best thing you could do is to tell the scouts that they might tenderfeet (or 2nd or 1st class) now, but soon they will have new scouts looking up to them. Even if they have not earned the patch, they will be expected to be first class scouts. Exactly how you get that message across depends on your audience, who you know better than we do. Congratulations for making it this far. Have fun!
  22. DuctTape

    The Lost Art of the Tarp....

    The older BSA literature used the term "trail tent" which was just a tarp. I have one from the 50s (and a wooden packframe w/canvas pack). One of these days I will show up to an event with only my old equipment.
  23. desertrat77

    Advice for a new wood badger

    I'm not sure either, it defies explanation. All of this beautiful land in our great country, and staff mandates that everyone camps shoulder to shoulder. I think many event managers in the BSA don't really know how units are supposed to camp, or if they do, they are so risk averse they crowd everyone together and lay down a bunch of rules. Even if weather and conditions permit, these events usually mandate NO CAMPFIRES. And you can bet your last dollar the event package will scream "NO SHEATH KNIVES!!!!" even if the scouts have been trained to use them and have permission from parents and unit leaders. The biggest factor is the lack of unit autonomy. Camporees are gatherings, yes, but units should be able to camp on their own and have the patrols a good distance apart. Neighboring units are there but rarely heard or seen. Same for the event staff. We should see them at the cracker barrel, flags, and closing campfire. OA should run the events.
  24. DuctTape

    The Lost Art of the Tarp....

    Having camp more than a mile from the car would facilitate bringing a tarp instead of a "popup canopy". Even using a "car campground", the drivers do not need to drive all the way in. Most (all?) will have a parking lot closer to the entrance.
  25. Eagledad

    Advice for a new wood badger

    It was these kinds of things why District decreed that the chairman for district activities were no longer given to Wood Badgers with a Ticket Item to complete. I am still amazed by how many activities are given to adults with NO experience at the planning level of "that" activity or any planning experience for any major activities. Our district likes to assign Merit Badge University Planning to troops. Apparently I was the first SM to say no. At which point another SM said, "you can no?". Even our scouts assign activity planning assistants to learn for leading future activities. Barry
  26. qwazse

    First Campout...

    When he was about that age, I once told Son #1 that if he kept throwing a tantrum, I'd take his litter sister to the Steeler game instead of him (his uncle had given me a pair of tickets) ... and I did. I'm not sure I ever told that story to my scouts. I wouldn't want them up at night wondering how they got stuck with the cruel adult leader.
  27. Jameson76

    Advice for a new wood badger

    I came to one council one to do an event only, was surprised that in an 1,800 acre reservation they had the troops all corralled in the big field when there were acres (literally) and acres of land they could have used. There was another whole camp they didn't use. Looked like some sort of really bad festival. Each troop have like 100 SF and the next troop guidelines were right there. Not sure what the thinking is for these
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