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  1. 6 points
    First, we had a fantastic time. Really, it couldn't have been better. Second, I'll post the route we did later. I intentionally let the scouts and interpreter deal with that. We left Springfield, VA, flew from Reagan National Airport direct to MSP. We rented a 15 passenger van for our crew of 8 and gear and drove 4 hours to Virginia, MN. Not sure why we did that to just end up in Virginia again. Virginia is the closest town with national hotel chains. We stayed at the AmericInn with a great view of the railroad tracks. Well, my room did. Get the front of the hotel to be away from that noise. The hotel was fine for our needs. Next morning we drove to NT. We got lunch at a gourmet grilled cheese place in Ely called Gator's Grilled Cheese Emporium. I got a grilled cheese sandwich and the lobster mac and cheese. Great stuff! Staff checked out temps when we arrived. MN made masks mandatory and we wore them any time we were not at our cabin. Unfortunately, not all scouts and scouters complied. It should have been clear you wear a mask or you leave. Our crew was assigned our own shower/bathroom at the bathhouse (2 on our return). Our interpreter is a Navy Academy midshipman and was fantastic. It helped that our crew was really good, too. He showed them what to do the first day and really we just fished or relaxed while the scouts made/cleaned dinner. Scouts had plenty of time to do their own swimming and having fun. Some random thoughts/advice. 1. White gas stoves are ancient technology compared to canister stoves. I took a tiny backpacking canister stove for our coffee (they have a percolator in the equipment if you don't). 2. I took a Warbonnet Eldorado hammock and Warbonnet tarp. It was my first time camping with a hammock. It was OK. I was glad to have my own place to sleep. I hate sharing a tent. The interpreter had a hammock, too, but no underquilt. He was cold at night. If your whole crew brings hammocks you'd struggle to find workable trees for all at most of the campsites we used. 3. The walk from the parking lot to your cabin is rather long. Not sure why they set things up like that. 4. White gas stoves are like carburetors and canister stoves are electronic fuel injection. No tune ups and quick to start. 5. While they provide 1 drink mix packet per day, take some extra. The Polar Pure iodine water treatment tastes bad. 6. Better yet, take a Katadyn BeFree or Sawyer Squeeze filter and skip the Polar Pure. Don't take those big, bulky, heavy pump filters. 7. You can't spill canister fuel. 8. I went in wanting to minimize portages thinking those would be killer. Well, they are. What's worse is no portages. The reason is when you portage you rest the rowing muscles and instead kill your shoulders and legs on the portages. On the big lakes with a long time before a portage, your rowing muscles turn to rubber. So you need the portages. 9. The portage where we stood in a waterfall was awesome! 10. The food is better than Philmont, although the desserts often were pudding, even when not intentionally pudding. The food is crazy heavy, too. 11. I loved Philmont, but this was better. Philmont felt like there was too little down time. At NT, we arrived at the campsite between 2-4 and just had to set up and eat. We all loved this. We swam, fished, chilled. It was really nice. Plan your route so you arrive at a campsite around this time. You'll enjoy your time more. 12. People who prefer canister stoves are scientifically proven to be better looking than those who prefer white gas. I saw it on the internet somewhere. 13. A beaver dam blocked our way and made for a less than joyful portage. 14. Pack light. 15. We had rain the first hour on water and never again. I never used my rain jacket. Leave the rain pants at home. 16. White gas stoves are like a Soviet Lada and canister stoves are like a Mercedes-AMG GT. 17. First 2 nights, bugs were not really an issue. Last 2 nights, they feasted for about 1.5 hours. No real issues during the day. 18. One of our 2 NT white gas stoves stopped working and couldn't be repaired. There's nothing to maintain on a canister stove. We used remote canister stoves at Philmont. 19. Take your own PFD with pockets if you want a GoPro or fishing gear easily accessible. Getting into the grey whale while on the water is annoying. 20. Altama OTB Maritime Assault boots work very well. 21. Get the Kevlar boats. Portaging with something heavier would not be joyful. 22. Get a backless seat pad that straps on to the canoe seat. 23. Take Tears of the Sun hot sauce. It's Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist Chris Caffery's recipe. 24. Several of us think we had weird dreams because of the Polar Pure iodine. This might be true. 25. We were all very fortunate to be able to go.
  2. 6 points
    The year 2020 will go down in history as having been devastating for a number of reasons. To those who lost their jobs, I wish them well. My own Scout sons, now grown with young children (9, 5 and 5) of their own are wondering every day if the axe will fall and if my Grandkids will ever have a "normal" school career. One works in the restaurant industry and the other for a city Police Dept. I wonder when the COVID axe will fall on my high risk body, which I feel is inevitable in spite of best efforts to avoid it. Nobody deserves this, any of it. God bless us, everyone.
  3. 6 points
    @John-in-KC there was a reduction in the National Council Staff by 110 positions yesterday. These are trying times, I have no desire nor inclination to join the debate or speculation here. Good people, who care about our country, our youth and the program of the BSA are no longer employed. Keep them and Scouting in your thoughts and prayers. RichardB
  4. 5 points
    So, when my daughter signed on as a Wolf Cub in early 2018, I didn’t get the memo that the blue uniform was no longer considered a Webelos uniform. She wore her blue uniform all summer after finishing Bear Scout rank, and when I found out that tan was now “required” I decided that I’d start working on putting her tan uniform together - but I didn’t hurry. Her blue one still fit and her tan was still a bit baggy on her. I finally switched her sometime that Fall. There are kids in her Pack that are still wearing blue uniforms as Webelos and it doesn’t bother me a bit. Most of this discussion has been about the relevance of uniforms in general and not about blue vs tan. As far as I’m concerned, as long as either one is worn appropriately I don’t think it’s worth worrying about. My youngest just signed up for Lion Scouts. I couldn’t find a 2nd hand Lion t-shirt locally, and getting one on eBay and paying shipping one might as well buy new. So when COVID first hit, I was prepared to go get her a Lion t-shirt when the Scout Office re-opened, but the longer it dragged on and as we face a drastically different vision of den meetings this year, I decided I didn’t want to spend the money for a one-year t-shirt for my last child to maybe wear for Zoom meetings. It’s only $10, but for $8 I was able to get a great used blue uniform shirt that she’ll be able to wear for 2-3 years. Since she won’t be at any in-person meetings, and the old yellow Wolf scarf looks like a Lion scarf from the front, she got a hand-me-down scarf. I was able to pick up a school uniform Skort for under $5. I figure since Lions don’t require any particular bottom wear, this part is entirely within the rules and I’ll get her official uniform bottoms when she’s a little bigger and can wear a size I can more easily find on eBay (she’s tiny, and barely can wear a 4T). Her belt buckle has a Webelos symbol on it, but that’s temporary until her sister crosses over in around December or January and can pass her newer style buckle down (I know they can trade, but my older girl wears it more so having her use the newer and easier to use belt buckle took priority). I noticed during the last year that about half of our Lions wore the t-shirt and half wore the blue uniform. A Scout is Thrifty. I’m definitely “Team Uniform” but I also place an extremely high value on the Scout Law. So I say, have the kids wear the uniforms they’ve got with pride while you see if you can start gathering up some hand-me-down tans for them. There is no sense in stressing the families out about colors.
  5. 5 points
    Sunset and then sunrise view from my hammock.
  6. 4 points
    So just when I thought everything would be closed for the entire summer, I am told that a local troop is doing a sort of mini summercamp on some private land and asked if they could by any chance have a callout for the 4-5 scouts who were elected way back in the pre Covid days. The team was quite eager to do something anything this summer, ao right now the older members of the team are reworking the ceremony to keep everyone at the required distance. It will be different and perhaps not as impressive as we are used to but it's something.
  7. 4 points
    Well done SpaceX, NASA, and astronauts Robert Bahnken and Douglas Hurley. Scout Salute and thanks for good news, smart news. (NASA photo)
  8. 4 points
    Easier implemented in some activities... (BSA Troop 565 Roound Rock, TX) Seabase 2020
  9. 3 points
    That link reminds me that I come to this discussion from a different place than those who have only experienced the uniform method through scouting. When I was a kid, I participated in a youth sports related organization with military roots that performed formal uniform inspections of the candidate whether for advancement or competition. White glove, fingernail scratch, see your face in the shine type inspections.The formal inspection at heart was a safety inspection, but you were expected to present yourself with military precision. There was purpose to that because the sport was inherently dangerous and required attention to detail to manage risks and prevent injury. Almost every component of the uniform,and associated equipment, while looking neat, was a function of safety or minimizing risk. There was no marketing behind it because the organization did not sell the uniform it only set standards regarding function. As a result, the uniform was both functional and economical. I was not a rich kid but I was easily able to meet this standard. As an older youth member and then later as an adult, I became an advancement examiner and competition official. I conducted many of these inspections as part of my duty to assess whether youth were safe to advance to a higher level of training and competition. Because of the reasons outlined above I never had an issue with those uniform requirements because they made sense, were functional, and were never a barrier for youth. When I started with scouting, however, I saw uniforms used in a different way-- almost as a tool for punishment. I could not understand this. In the other organization, it made sense to me if youth were prevented from participating if they lacked an essential safety item. In scouts, it did not make sense to me if scouts were prevented from participating if they wore the wrong color shirt.. It had nothing to do with function. It also made no sense that uniform components had to be discarded, not because they were unsafe or worn out, but because they were the wrong ... color? The uniform in the early guidebooks makes the most sense to me because it is based on function and not marketing. All the language associated with uniforming in the early guidebooks is connected to function. In my opinion, if scouting survives bankruptcy, we need to revise this.
  10. 3 points
    1) The "experience and maturity" slam? A scout is courteous. 2) I have no problem with letting scouts run their program within their handbooks. The problem here is that you believe there was and/or is a uniform mandate or requirement in those handbooks. As I demonstrated, that is simply not true. Wasn't true in 1967 ("It is not absolutely necessary to wear a uniform to prove yourself a Scout.") Not true in today's 14th edition. Poverty is never to be a preventative to Scouting. Neither was the uniform.
  11. 3 points
    Smart? I can't think of anything I have said in any of my 2344 posts that might lead you to that conclusion. But I'll thank you anyway.
  12. 2 points
    and it seems that one of the guys on the team has been nominated and approved for the Vigil honor. So we get to do a rare Vigil tapout as well ! This is going to be a really fun Friday evening! I just need to find the regalia. Its been 15 months since the last ordeal
  13. 2 points
    I know of an event a few decades ago where National made the rule, Troop refused to follow, CO got involved and told the Troop "you will follow the BSA National rule". Troop said "you can't make us" CO said no more charter. If there's one thing I've learned from David CO, Charter Orgs are in charge. Scout of one of the families involved on the former CO side was then targeted by the former SM and friends of SM for when that scout went to the Eagle Board, of which they were involved and led. Eagle Chair didn't even bother looking at the scout's project etc. Said he was in no way ever going to become an Eagle as long as he had something to say about it. Scout walked out, parent who saw what happened called another nearby district and was told, "That won't fly." Council got involved and took over this scout's Eagle BOR. Scout showed a lot of character and tenacity throughout all of this. Scared out of his pants really, going to a council staffed BOR instead of a district. Many years later he found out how the council folks viewed in such high regards his attitude, character, and how he handled everything about the situation. So yah, there's a lot of jerks out there and they are so willing to destroy youth to make themselves feel better. And a lot of folks willing to turn their heads in those situation because it's this great guy they all know and love, so he can't be held accountable.
  14. 2 points
    1) It is not a "loophole". It has never been a "loophole" (see below). 2) The current Handbook does NOT a) have the kind of uniform mandate you think it does and b) it does not authorize shaming a scout for their poverty or demand they prove hardship. I've got the 14th edition in my hand. No where does it have the mandate you are claiming here. In particular Page 20-21 ("Your Scout Uniform") has no reference whatsoever to the kind of hard, fast, mandate you are describing. 3) Oh, right, that's because the modern scouts have "loopholes." Ok then, let's go back to the "good old days". I have a copy of the 1967 Handbook. Page 56. Scout Uniform. So, even back in the "good old days" there was never, ever a mandate in the Handbook. Does it make you a better scout to be in uniform? Yes, and the uniform remains one of the official 8 Methods of Scouting. But I will never compromise on the notion that poverty should be punished or that there is some hard, fast, uncompromising rule about uniforms in any of the Handbooks. Never was, currently isn't.
  15. 2 points
    Sorry about those folks affected but I'm not sure any of us should be surprised by this. By the numbers of lost just youth membership (of about 1/3) and at $60 pp that is around $30M+ in lost revenue paid directly to National. We have also seen large scale staff reductions at the council levels and a few mergers folks have listed on this forum.
  16. 2 points
    Still can be stressful. You seem like a smart, thrifty and well prepared individual. You'd likely do well regardless of UI. A few co-workers of mine were furloughed. They ended up making more money on UI than I was making working. (I live a LCOL area.) I was kept on, doing twice the work I normally would, but I was grateful because I knew: 1.) The extra federal money for unemployment would eventually end or be modified. 2.) Furloughs can easily become permanent layoffs. 3.) I like what I do, and with the virus out, I wouldn't do the social things I did to entertain myself like I did when I was laid off in 2018. Even that was a stressful experience, and I was only laid off for about 8 weeks, during a good economy, with no pandemic. This week it was announced that half the furloughed members of my team would return, the other half would be laid off. I'm glad I didn't have to deal with that stress, and I got to pick up some new skills and have a shake up to the normal work I do. Plus now I have a ton of built up vacation to use, and the clock keeps toiling on my vesting for the company retirement plan.
  17. 2 points
    Yes. They have killed the organization, but they can't kill scouting. Scouting is a movement. Scouting will continue long after BSA is dead and buried.
  18. 2 points
    A former pro from my council was one of those who was let go. He is truly top notch and I have to believe was a net positive for the organization. I just feel really bad for him and his family. He is a high quality person and will land on his feet but I know the stress must be incredibly high for him right now.
  19. 2 points
    RE: Permanent BSA Job Cuts. I'd better start hearing about major cuts at the very top or this will be my wife's and my last year with Scouts BSA. The amount of money certain people make and the large payout on pensions of this organization is through the roof. There is no reason on earth some of these people should be making the amount of money they are making when working for a volunteer organization. Especially, one that has a paying membership on a major decline. As volunteers for the BSA and spending hours upon hours working with the kids and watching a program being even more dumbed down because of decisions coming from the top, this is almost too much to take... There are a great many other non-profit organizations that are begging for volunteers such as those currently with Scouts BSA. Do the people at the top honestly believe we'll go down with the ship as it continually sinks. Nope! Open your eyes. Keep it up Scouts BSA, your on the verge of killing the very organization. Start Cutting At The Very Top Now! Or, We Start Leaving!
  20. 2 points
    Most who were downsized/rightsized, some multiple times in last 40+ years, in groups small and large (1,000's, 10,000's ), during difficult times and circumstances were good people who did not deserve it. For those who did deserve it, well this is a scout forum. From my experiences, suck it up and move on - budget and negotiate, maintain medical insurance, network, be open to new ventures (even temporary), stay positive...It is hard and lousy but the alternatives are worse. My $0.02,
  21. 2 points
    Just got done talking to a buddy of mine who is (was) at ScoutingU. it was over 100 people...permanently. Most of the training team, member care, a good chunk of supply, membership growth coaches... This is heartbreaking. Whatever your feeling towards paid BSA members, it's gut wrenching to see people lose their jobs, especially in a time of such uncertainty. A lot of good people who don't deserve this.
  22. 2 points
    Well, there have certainly been a lot of comments here telling you not to worry about uniforms, or to forget them completely, et cetera. But what if you want to wear the uniform? And after all, as BP himself said, what boy (or girl, or leader) with Scouting in his heart wouldn't want to wear the uniform? The policy which expects Webelos Scouts to wear the tan and green uniform is new - it only came into effect this year. But as per BSA tradition, ANY uniform, once approved by the BSA, is always approved by the BSA - so a Webelos Scout can wear the traditional blue uniform. Just be sure to note to those who may express concern or bemusement that this is now considered a traditional or heritage Webelos uniform, and you should wear appropriate insignia to go with it (so don't wear the new tan oval Webelos rank patch, but instead make sure you wear the appropriate blue diamond rank patch instead). Now as I said, there have been a lot of comments here reassuring you that the uniform is not a necessary part of Scouting. I am here to speak to the other side of the coin - of course you can have Scouting without the uniform - but I can promise you, the experience of Scouting loses a significant degree of power, influence, and ability to do good if you omit the uniform from your program. Do anything you can to obtain uniforms for your kids - not just the shirts, but everything from the caps to the socks and all in-between. Why? It will improve behavior. It will increase unity and teamwork. It will enhance your program and elevate your accomplishments. It will assist recruiting and recognition. More than anything, it will measurably and dramatically improve every aspect of your program in ways that you might not expect and would never have witnessed until you were willing to put in the effort. I only say this as one who was skeptical at first, tried it (begrudgingly, I might add), and was soon drastically and irrevocably humbled when I witnessed in my own Webelos den the DRAMATIC difference I saw in my Scouts and our families once I committed fully to this essential and irreplaceable method of Scouting. One final note - money has nothing to do with it. I work with many Scouts from immigrant and low-income families. So I would petition Scout troops all over our area for any and all gently-used Cub or Scouts BSA uniform items they could dig up - belts, socks, shorts, neckers, ANYTHING. It didn't take me long to have our entire pack outfitted with everything we needed, and where we were short, I asked for donations from local businesses and community agencies. Don't be afraid to ask for help; if you want it hard enough, it will happen - and trust me, the positive effects of getting your kids in uniforms are ABSOLUTELY something you will want.
  23. 2 points
    Welcome to the forum, @SWdenleader. You don't need to be grandfathered in. If a scout is going to leave because of a uniform issue then there's a problem. No kid should be denied scouting because of some uniform issue. Honestly, I don't even know if this is an issue (if you can't read where it says webelos must wear a tan uniform, then it isn't a rule), but it doesn't matter. What does matter is your scouts having fun. In this economy, do your best. Don't worry about the uniform. Oh, and pull up a log and join us.
  24. 2 points
    I wouldn't worry about this at all. There are no uniform police.
  25. 2 points
    Matt, I am sorry I was not clear . The local news site in Portland that I specifically cited is quoting a Black man, Mr. Baskin. It's his point. "A few blocks away, Carl Baskin sat next to his drive-up car wash station and worried that the message of racial justice was being taken away from the Black community by 'young white children.'” I have no personal knowledge about Portland. I only know what I read and see, and what I neither read nor see in the media. This has happened before, although at a lower level of violence, and it likely will happen again. I observed the following, and it was documented in the subsequent Kent State civil litigation, Scheuer v. Rhodes, in which I participated in a minor way: In the 1970 rioting at Ohio State University, the initial demonstrations were started by the Black Student Union, with racial issues, and the LGBT Coalition, with sexual identity issues. "Anti-War" folks quickly joined - Nixon had just "incursed" into Cambodia, seeming to escalate our long Vietnam experience. A few thousand people, mostly students but a few young people from off-campus, were involved for a couple of weeks, and it was speeches, posters, chanting and drums beating, as columns of protesters snaked around Campus. A few buildings were "occupied," but the University President took it in stride - no arrests - to your point about the "old scout." Classes went on. It was an unusually warm and sunny Spring. Then two State Highway Patrol agents provocateur in long hair and flannel shirts (secretly being filmed by the FBI, as it turned out) got hold of a microphone and urged the crowd on the University "Oval" to block the one public street that ran thorough campus, Neil Avenue. The acting head of the University, in the absence of University President Fawcett, panicked and called in the police and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs, who had no jurisdiction unless invited on Campus. They rioted, gassing everyone in sight, even as we were ordered by the University to continue to conduct classes. They even gassed "Fraternity Row." The gas drifted over are area of miles around Campus. The behavior of the Columbus police and Auxiliary Deputy Sheriffs provoked tens of thousands of students to join the demonstrations., but it was still nonviolent, if tense. A little pushing and shoving might punctuate disagreements, but I saw no blows struck. Peacemakers seemed always at hand. The trucks of young National Guardsmen arrived to cheers. They were not cops. They were young - younger than many students. They were generally understood to be in the Guard to avoid the Draft. In the midst of the relatively peaceful disorder, radicals from SDS and The "Mobilization" movement started setting fires on campus and pelting any law enforcement they saw, plus the National Guard, with rocks and the bricks used to pave the campus walkways. Fire hoses were cut and firefighters pelted with rocks and bricks. Many State Highway Patrolmen were injured - especially by hails of bricks. Shots were fired by Columbus police, who called on their radios for ammunition resupply. No one was killed. A five-state supply of teargas was used up just in time for Kent State (Later, The City and County sought reimbursement from the State for the cost of tens of thousands of rounds of teargas used by local law enforcement alone.). Cars (and furniture pulled into the streets) on and around campus were set on fire. Many businesses, especially up and down High Street bordering Campus to the east, were vandalized and looted - regardless of ownership. Some shop-owners resisted violently and successfully. The "vanguard" went on to "occupy" University class buildings buildings and physically prevented students and faculty from leaving by chaining the doors shut - not too cool fire hazard-wise when combined with the arsons. By then, the National Guard rank-and-file absolutely believed (incorrectly) that many Guardsmen had been killed at Kent State. They told me that the students were the "enemy." When Denny Hall was occupied, I and the other Faculty "Monitors" were told by radio that a couple thousand very angry Guardsmen were coming double-quick, locked and loaded. I recall counseling one short, plump, red-haired radical (exhorting his group not to "retreat" with a bullhorn) that they should not all stay to "resist" the approaching Guardsmen, as they vowed to do, since live witnesses would be required to testify to what would happen. So they should decide who stayed to "resist" and who would withdraw some distance to be witnesses to the carnage. They all left before the Guard came thundering up, many with fixed bayonets, frustrated that the "occupiers" had left. Police arrived with giant bolt-cutters to open the doors for the trapped students, faculty, and staff. I and the Head of Mathematics were pleased with our work, not realizing that worse was to come. The Black Student Union had largely "left the building" by then. Harder to say about the LGBT folks as they did not stand out in the largely White crowds, but their issues were no longer discussed. "Pigs off Campus!" and "Kill the Pigs!" became the overwhelming theme, sprinkled with anti-war slogans. The radicals whom I observed and with whom I dealt were all White middle and upper class from their speech and dress, and told me the forces of the government would not dare shoot them. "My dad's a dentist," one young person in a black SDS T-shirt told me. They were unbelieving when told about Kent State and Jackson State. "You're just trying to scare us." These were the sort who would buy new denim trousers and go to the University craft shop to grind holes in them with wire wheels to prove their "proletarian" bona fides. They were overwhelmingly male. They did not seem to contemplate that those pelted with bricks and holding loaded firearms might shoot, even given evidence that they had done so. They had no planning for retreat or casualties. When vowing to "liberate" the University President's then on-campus brick house, they threw stones, clods of dirt, and bricks at terrified young Guardsmen with loaded semi-automatic M-1 Rifles and a Browning 1919 .30-06 machine gun, (600 high-power rounds a minute) who were only the thickness of a hedge plus a couple of yards of lawn away, with orders to "hold their position." Specifically, they had been ordered by radio to fire if any of the rioters breached the hedge. The mob of near 1000 was jammed into the street and packed against a brick wall behind them to the south. The intimidating sound of thousands of GI boots hitting the pavement in unison sent the crowd running before the massacre could happen. The column of over 1000 Guardsmen, two lanes wide and with M-1 Rifles at high port and all with fixed bayonets, rounded the corner 100 yards away to the west as the last rioter left the area. The young 2nd Lieutenant in charge of the dozen Guardsman at the site had wet himself. A couple more minutes, and no would remember 1970 as the year of Kent State. The deaths from trampling alone, had that machine gun, opened fire, would have made Kent State and Jackson State combined look like a picnic. The University shutdown and reopened with a closed, secured campus. THIS is what the politicians are playing with. THIS is what the media, with their political narrative, seem to actually want. Real harm can occur. And meanwhile the greater slaughter in our cities, primarily of and by "people of color," goes on as background noise, swallowed up by the contest for power and wealth. No peace, no justice, no retail services, no government revenue, no welfare services, and no safety.
  26. 2 points
    @Jameson76 perhaps this further assurance from Blackbaud will reduce your skepticism ...While most in the cybersecurity community are not so trusting of hardened criminals, Blackbaud has publicly expressed their optimism that the cybercriminals destroyed the data and/or won’t misuse, disseminate or make the data publicly available: “We have credible confirmation that the data was destroyed for two reasons: The cyber ransom business model is dependent on the cybercriminal not disclosing the information or they lose credibility and leverage. We worked with a third-party expert in communicating with the cybercriminal, and we only paid the ransom when we received credible confirmation that the data was destroyed… as a precautionary measure, we have hired outside experts to monitor the Internet, including the dark web, and they have found no evidence that any information was ever released, and we will continue to monitor,” a Blackbaud spokesperson said. https://schneiderdowns.com/our-thoughts-on/blackbaud-breach-alert So hrrrumph, it is quite simple actually, the criminals have their good name to protect and as a further look-good-after-our-blunder measure Blackbaud hired internet watchers to see if any stolen ( now encrypted by criminals) data appears. No worry, rest assured. And not likely a bootleg copy of a copy will be sold since the ransom paid was a staggering $350K (Bitcoin) for client data from 125 or more non-profit and educational institutions. Oh and good to know that the BSA was not target rather us. That is comforting. IMHO, Blackeye should offer a year + 174 days of free identity and credit monitoring by a third party to all persons affected. My $0.02, ( two Lincoln sense, no Bitcoin)
  27. 1 point
    Not a single one is wearing Scout socks!!!!!
  28. 1 point
    First congratulations on your scout for his advancement. Second, the troop COR can report to the district commissioner that he/she witnessed the UC overstep his bounds and prosecute a BoR with prejudice against a scout. He/she can then request that the troop be assigned a different UC who visits at scheduled meetings and does not disrupt a committee performing its proper duties.
  29. 1 point
    *sigh*. The Scout Uniform is preferred, yes. The kid's nakedness should be covered (I guess). Time was, the Scout's uniform needed to be "used". It is called the "FIELD " Uniform for a reason. It was designed (used to be) to be worn "In The Field".,. If you wanted a clean uniform, you got more than one . I know many a OA denizen who will tell you there is more respect garnered by a dirty , calloused sash than from a bright shiny one. The character ingrained is to be respected. Service projects? Field uniform in my day. The public visibility was desired and utilized. The senior Scouts in my Troop had no problem in wearing a pair of Scout pants that obviously had been thru some "history". If you watch "Follow Me Boys", see if you can find a whole complete uniform amongst the Troop. Here are some Scouts, from Malawi . . . . Their uniform is first and foremost the neckerchief. The Cape Maclear Scout Facebook page is wonderful. Uniform? My favorite story is of the young newly minted Cub Scout who was told the family was going to his cousin's wedding, and they would be wearing their best clothes. That Saturday, after breakfast, he showed up in his Cub Uniform. They let him wear that to the wedding. Scouting is supposed to be about SCOUTING not clothing.
  30. 1 point
    We probably cannot have an intellectual discussion today if you continue to imply that those who disagree with you suffer from a lack of experience and maturity.
  31. 1 point
    We did a DIY 2020 trek in the Boundary Waters this year. Being from Chicago area many of us had been before so easy to guide the scouts on building a plan, menu and route. Less bugs than usual this year. 90% less on Knife lake and very enjoyable. Cost ws $300 per scout including gas, food and Kevlar canoe I am not sure what we missed by not having an interpreter with us 4 of us hammocked but might have been able to do 1 more - no way we could have done more than 5 scouts baked a cake, corn bread and brownies using white gas stove - they didnt share but heard it was good Northern Tier store was only open to crews - no outsiders met quite a few troops on portages - all great people some crews were faster than others at portages - thanks to those that let us jump ahead
  32. 1 point
    I'm not sure what we're discussing here, or what the point is. A priest can deliver sacraments without a collar. A doctor can save lives without a lab coat. A scout can be a scout without a uniform. We are not a military organization. A uniform is nice but not required. Is the uniform an extension of your own ego as far as how you believe scouts should appear or behave? Does that have any place in scouting? I'm on board with the idea that it is a tool to encourage personal presentation skills and pride in membership. Beyond that, if it gets in the way of delivering program or scouts accessing program, I'm not on board.
  33. 1 point
    Scouts don't need an excuse for not buying a uniform, and they certainly don't owe me any explanation. If they don't want to buy a uniform, don't buy it. It's not required. In any case, it might seem foolish, to many people, to buy a uniform while BSA is in bankruptcy proceedings. We don't even know if BSA will exist a year from now. We are in uncertain times. Best to put off purchases until we know a little more. Same goes for unit equipment. Wait and see.
  34. 1 point
    Uniforms are a tool to engage scouts in the program. They are important. They are not the program though. Latin Scot, the last word in your commentary was "change". We are all facing this because we all have to adapt to new times. The current uniforming scheme in scouting is not thrifty. It's the by product of a marketing philosophy meant to sell more uniform components and accoutrements to a captive market--us. Somewhere, at some point before the 2018 change requiring Webelos to wear a tan shirt, some number person at national realized BSA could sell more shirts if they made that change. In this time of Covid, I don't think anyone should be worried about a Webelos scout showing up in a blue shirt. In my opinion.
  35. 1 point
    Beautiful pictures. How were the bugs?
  36. 1 point
    Considering the National Supply Division, the ones who sell the uniforms, is still stating that Webelos can still wear the Blue Uniform, I think that the new rule will be overruled with the next handbook printing, which the way things are going will probably be in 2022 or 2023. https://mediafiles.scoutshop.org/m2pdf/6568_103111_Web_UniformInspSheet_R11.pdf
  37. 1 point
    Not always. I got laid off during the shutdown. My position wasn't needed for a school while doing distance learning. Was it gut wrenching? Nope. With the federal add-on to my unemployment insurance, I actually got paid about 10% more than my teaching salary. I don't understand it, but I'll take it. The hard part is not seeing the kids everyday. That is gut wrenching. I really miss them! But, with the shutdown, that would have happened anyway.
  38. 1 point
    I don't think we're allowed to say they deserve it.
  39. 1 point
    Well, you could do that. But then you would have to sew on a skydiving patch.
  40. 1 point
    Wow, I thought I was only old timer here. Most of the "youngins" I know have never heard of a baker tent(or wall tent). Probably thought it was were the kitchen staff slept. 😁😁
  41. 1 point
    Left? I was thinking back to WW1 when politicians and generals were moving people about. Lol, though I am a libertarian. Not only that, the word liberal is one I would gladly embrace but from the very specific meaning of classical liberalism as a product of the enlightenment. That is the basis our founders used and believed. It wasn’t til recently that ‘liberal and conservative became almost slurs. Those modern definitions are useless. But insofar as modern ideals go, fighting fanaticism, bigotry, ignorance are fundamentals along with strong separation of powers and separation of church and state. There are many other specific qualities of course but classical enlightenment and liberalism is a great position to frame a stable approach. At least I believe so.
  42. 1 point
    And I thought this was going to be a discussion of the merits of Wall vs. Baker tents... Seriously though...the college where I teach uses Canvas. I'm knee deep in it right now getting ready for fall. I could see how it might work for online MB's...the separate the requirements out as modules, allow for upload of documents/videos/etc. to verify completion, etc. But, I agree with @The Latin Scot that it may be overkill. I'm not sure what all is involved in the "back end" on setting it up, but from what I've heard from our IT and instructional design folks it does take quite a bit of legwork.
  43. 1 point
    Victimized organizations* should press Blackbaud to provide third party identity and credit monitoring. * Which organization will lead? My money (again $0.02) is on Boys & Girls Club of Delaware
  44. 1 point
    Oh, how I pine for those innocent days of youth... blissfully ignorant of the district/council structure. [Sigh]
  45. 1 point
    Thanks for the kind words. I inherited all my dad's scouting patches, files, pictures, etc and decided to get them out to see if he had one particular area of scouting he cared about more than others. Found tons of great memories...some that I had forgotten about and some that I had no idea about.😊 One particular item was a container that had 2 hand axes, 2 scout knifes, a whet stone, a metal file, a compass, a roll of twine, a mess kit, a small Coleman stove(coffee pot size), matches, various scout handbooks and a box of skill awards. I had forgotten that he brought this container to EVERY campout, no matter what the agenda for the weekend was going to be about. I never really bothered to look inside during all those years and see what it was. In my opinion he created a multiple skill award box to help any new scouts earn their first skill award. If the scout finished it during that weekend, he probably handed them their skill award at the campout. He wanted to get them hooked on advancement on the very first campout. Crafty old devil. Thanks ALongWalk for helping me make that discovery.
  46. 1 point
    After working in information technology for more than 25 years I can say I'm not surprised. I've seen the guards being lowered due to wide-spread budget concerns, lax management, and lack of oversight. I will be monitoring my information. Just because a corporation says not to worry doesn't mean you should let your guard down.
  47. 1 point
    Over the past few years, I have been surprised/pleased and honored when folks learn my name and say' "yeah, I knew your (Mom (or) Dad). He/she were good people. I remember when...." It is said that no one really dies until no one else remembers their name. Write up the stories for your kids to remember gdad by. I hope after the tears, you can easily smile. See you on the trail.
  48. 1 point
    My condolences. As someone whose parents were called to the higher trail some time ago, and whose in-laws joined them recently, I can assure you that that the best way to honor the departed is to retell their stories. For my dad, who was on my troop committee and active in the VFW, it took me a while to find the best way to do that ... given that I had moved some ways from home. Eventually an opportunity came to me. I had my kids’ troop/crew “adopt“ one of the city’s larger cemeteries to decorate veterans graves with flags for Memorial Day. During that evening, I explain that I’m doing this on faith that someone is doing the same by graves of my dad and brothers. Then while walking around making sure everyone has the supplies they need, I tell the youth (and young vets present) some of the ways he encouraged patriotism among youth in our community. My goal is simple: to instill some of his values in them. Sounds like your dad would be pleased if you did something similar.
  49. 1 point
    We did it, and the Scouts loved it! Older Scouts got to load and fire a flare gun, and the youngers got to light marine flares (30 Scouts in total). Most of these we acquired from out of date items that boaters in our unit had. Many had not checked their boat's gear for some time, and were happy to hand over the expired items for training. (Coast Guard could issue a citation for expired gear, and/or make you return to port to replace...) We put out a Notice to Airmen through the FAA, and called our county emergency dispatch, our neighboring county emergency dispatch, and the state forest fire service. All gave us a thumbs up and were glad we were giving training to young folks.
  50. 1 point
    Aside from the actual injuries that need to be attended to.... Water is the best medicine for youth, so many times they are just dehydrated Applesauce is a great treat to get things moving.....which can reduce the stomach aches Make sure the leader in camp for the unit is aware the youth has come to the health lodge, many times there may be a backstory to an "illness" No phone calls home by the Scout without consulting the leader Talk to the Scout who needs assistance as a equal, do not talk down to them and if a leader accompanies them, do not let them speak for them Many issues that popup after dark fade away with sunlight
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