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  2. qwazse

    Trailer Recommendation

    We had an SM blow his F150 engine pulling our trailer off a mountain then punching it on the interstate. So wear and tear on a vehicle is no joke.
  3. qwazse

    Best comfort items & traditions for summer camp

    @dedkad, our patrol's fondue was a weekend camp activity. We never considered doing it at summer camp because by the middle sessions the critters were all too familiar with boys and the snacks that they snuck in.
  4. qwazse

    High Adventure Camp Traditions

    Seabase FL has a luau for it's closing ceremony. An old submersible doubles as a playground. At Seabase Bahama's as a crew drove to the airport after a week's adventure, Captain Steve (RIP) would wave his hands over his head crossing and I crossing them. It was signal for snorklers to "come back to the boat."
  5. qwazse

    Venmo

    My adult kids are all about the Venmo. Not sure how it would help a club or unit.
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  7. RememberSchiff

    New Sex Abuse Charges

    I wonder if Scouts BSA is waiting until after Jambo to file for bankruptcy? As Harry Einstein said, insanity is singing the same repeat after me song, over and over again and expecting different results.
  8. walk in the woods

    Eliminate the Eagle application?

    I've sat on many. In most cases my experience was the adults in the room were so focused on the minutia of the project workbook that they totally missed the kid sitting in front of them. I've even seen an adult scouring the pictures in a project workbook looking for G2SS violations. While I agree the project could be a good starting point for a discussion my experience is it is used as the only point for discussion. I'm way more interested in hearing about the kid's entire scouting experience rather than the last two months of it. I'd argue the workbook provides way too many hoops to jump through. And I think it is an anachronism. Even in the small rural school district my son attended, all their class assignments and such were done online. There are a lot of free online project management systems out there. The clients run on the scouts phones, they can snap pictures and upload directly, enter information as it's happening, use online calendars, etc. If part of the project is intended to help them prepare for the work world then we should be using tools the scouts will actually encounter in life. Not to mention how much easier it would be to review online without generating binders full of paper and driving to meetings, etc. I'm not saying do away with the workbook for those that want it, but that we should let the kids choose the tools they want to use.
  9. dedkad

    New Sex Abuse Charges

    Two or more adult leaders be present at all times? Maybe I didn't pay close enough attention when I watched the new training videos, but isn't there still a difference between two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact?
  10. dedkad

    Best comfort items & traditions for summer camp

    Interesting about all the desserts people are talking about. None of the summer camps my son has been to in California allow food in the campsites because of the critters.
  11. dedkad

    Boys-only weeks at camp

    Many camps have been dealing with this for years when it comes to adults and scouts having to share a bathhouse. Problem is easily solved with a few portapotties and designated shower times for female adults, male adults, male scouts, and female scouts. And let's be real. My son barely changes his clothes when he's at camp, let alone take a shower. This is not a valid reason to keep girl troops from attending all weeks of camp.
  12. dedkad

    Venmo

    Anybody use Venmo to receive payments for scouting activities? We've had a request from a parent for our troop to consider this. Might not be a bad idea. I can't tell you how many times I try to chase down people for payment only to be told they don't have their checkbook on them. Just wondering what the pros and cons are for using Venmo.
  13. dedkad

    Lessons for BSA Summer Camps?

    Sounds like summer camp for the Montessori crowd.
  14. Longhaired_Mac

    ALS/DYLC

    I'm Attending the ALS/DYLC training this weekend. I've heard that it's similar to Wood Badge, But I haven't taken Wood Badge yet. I'm happy to report back what I learn but was wondering what to expect. Has anyone else already taken the seminar?
  15. We are decorating for a cub scout event and we are using a theme of Adventure and want to highlight the 4 high adventure camps in Scouts BSA. I am looking for any ideas to help with this theme. My oldest is still in cubs, so we have not been to any yet, but I know about the shoe tradition at Philmont base camp sign. Is there anything else similar that we can use to help decorate/highlight the high adventure camps? TIA
  16. TAHAWK

    When was 4th Aim added?

    As do leadership by youth and meeting requirements for advancement remain optional, based on practices tolerated.
  17. fred8033

    Eliminate the Eagle application?

    I wasn't trying to comment on the project workbook. There's lots of good and bad in any choice. I'm glad to have the workbook constrains the hoops scouts have to jump. The past had too many paperwork abuses. Plus, the workbook is hardly a waterfall structure. It more just solicits the basic questions that come with any project.
  18. mashmaster

    Eliminate the Eagle application?

    Have you sat on an EBOR? If not, I would suggest you do. It is a great time to talk with the boy about what they were thinking, what went well, what didn't, and how they performed leadership on the project. It is a discussion not an inquisition.
  19. I need some help trying to identify the following set of felt patches. They all originated from Camp Chank-tun-un-gi(now called Camp Belzer) located in Indianapolis. I am trying to find any history that anyone can provide about these vintage felt patches. I am guessing they were all pre-1948 since the camp name changed in honor of "Chief Belzer". There could be additional patches with this same design. Any information the forum can provide would be helpful.
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  21. Eagle1993

    New Sex Abuse Charges

    https://www.apnews.com/e1ccae7cfce749169db80adf83a267cb Attorney Tim Kosnoff, a veteran of major sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church, said Tuesday that he and his team have signed up 186 clients from dozens of states in just the past few weeks who want to be part of litigation against the Boy Scouts. Kosnoff said 166 of them identified alleged abusers who have not been named in any of the Boy Scout files made public in past years. Both the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church say they now have policies in place to sharply curtail abuse that abounded in past decades. In the Boy Scouts ′ case, the steps included requiring criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers, and requiring two or more adult leaders be present with youth at all times during scouting activities.
  22. walk in the woods

    Lessons for BSA Summer Camps?

    This Article discussing the value of free play is interesting (at least to me). I can't decide if it's a benefit or challenge to Scouting.
  23. qwazse

    When was 4th Aim added?

    The other thread about the law reminded me of an online reference regarding the evolution of the aims and methods over time: http://www.inquiry.net/adult/methods/index.htm I thought there was a way we could grid out these buggers in the current forum software, but I'll have to dig a little.
  24. qwazse

    Scout Law

    'Shiff's reference is a nice matrix of the points as they evolved over the years. Also on that site: BP's Law and Oath with investiture ceremonies. http://www.inquiry.net/ideals/b-p/law.htm
  25. RememberSchiff

    Scout Law

    http://www.inquiry.net/ideals/scout_law/chart.htm
  26. Treflienne

    Scout Law

    Well, the first of Baden -Powell's scout laws is "A SCOUT'S HONOUR IS TO BE TRUSTED" and part of the explanation for that was "If a scout were to break his honour by telling a lie, or by not carrying out an order exactly when trusted on his honour to do so, he would cease to be a scout, and must hand over his scout badge and never be allowed to wear it again." See the wikipedia article cited about for the full 1908 scout law.
  27. Treflienne

    Scout Law

    Baden Powell's 1908 scout law (from Scouting for Boys) is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_law
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