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  1. 3 points
    Here is the Lava cake recipe: https://www.campingforfoodies.com/chocolate-lava-dutch-oven-cakes/ Key things I noticed: the foil cup holders are lined with parchment paper. Remove the parchment paper as the stick. right before putting the batter into the cups, put a shot of spray oil into the foil cup preheat the dutch oven it makes a difference After 10 minutes check the cakes every minute, you want the tops to basically just dry out. 13-14 minutes is the times that have worked for me. A side of vanilla ice cream is amazing with it. The waiting is the hardest part, you won't believe it came out of a dutch oven. I have won district competitions making this.
  2. 2 points
    Maybe a separate Backpack Cooking within Cooking.
  3. 2 points
    I still don't understand why the need for a DRP. We don't have a DCP (Declaration of Citizenship Principles) and the Oath also states Duty to Country. We don't have a DHP (Declaration of Helping Principle) and the oath states we are to help other people at all times coupled with "do a good turn daily" and "be prepared". Or we could just recognize that the DRP, DCP, DHP or any others are just redundant.
  4. 2 points
    I think the Brits have that already. It's called Rover Scouts.
  5. 1 point
    This isn't much of a recipe but my troop loves it. Boiling water Oatmeal packet (any brand but not steel cut) Spoon Glove or sock (preferably clean) Carefully open the top of the oatmeal packet. Holding the packet in your gloved hand, add a little boiling water and stir. The paper is waxed and will not disintegrate. When you're done, the only thing that you have to clean is the spoon.
  6. 1 point
    Unless the girls announce that they think they are boys.
  7. 1 point
    At members requests, we now have a cooking and recipes forum. There are no bounds on methods of cookery here; Cooking MB requires a youth member to cook in the field and in a home/institutional kitchen. Pill post my first recipe:. Chicken breast foil dinner PORTION 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts chunked; can sub 1 thigh on the bone 1/2 ear corn, chopped into 1-2 inch segments 1/4 baker to 1 full new potato, chunked 1 medium tomato 1 bell pepper 1/4 to 1 onion, chunked and layers peeled (depends on size) 2 carrots, chunked 2 T water Season and spice to suit (I use a commercial Italian herb or bouquet Garni blend) 1/2 t commercial chicken stock place ingredients on wide aluminum foil. Place over (on a cooking grill) or near a fire reduced to coals. Check after 40 minutes for Doneness.
  8. 1 point
    How does anyone know they have a limited pool of volunteers before a program has even been rolled out? You have families chomping at the bit to get into scouting, to get their girls into scouting, but not a single one of those parents is up for being a part of it as well? I highly doubt the question has even been broached to those parents. From where I stand, it's laziness and dishonesty (from volunteers and from national) .
  9. 1 point
    Although I see your point, given the nature of our litigious society, the balance of risk is on the JASMs because they are the ones soon to transition, and this age 18 boundary is more artificial in their psyche. (It's not imposed at school, work, or dating relationships.) We train scouters on how to work with 17 year-olds and still maintain YP. That allows JASMs to transition to ASM a little more gracefully. In my experience, it's easier to keep adults compliant (mind you, we are picky about who registers with us) than getting a "suddenly 18 year old" to cut ties with a younger scout whose been his chum up until age 17.99. I've received "the call" from an exec about such friendships and supposed incidents - all outside of scouting activities. I didn't like it. So, maybe I'm a little more sensitive than most.
  10. 1 point
    Quite true, yet he is no longer in the scout POR hierarchy. There needs to be a separation, lest he willingly or unwillingly, undercut the new SPLs authority. To this end in our troop we scouters invite the JASM to eat with us on campouts, attend committee meetings, etc.
  11. 1 point
    I can't answer directly since I was not involved with that process in my son's troop. I can say that we were in many ways still "adult run oriented", and with that came regular elections on what I feel is a very short cycle....if I remember correctly it was roughly mid way through the school year. Not only SPL but all positions changed. This was done so that more scouts had opportunities for a POR.... seems good in theory, but in my opinion you scouts should make the call when to vote or not...if the guy isn't doing a good job, THEN the SPL or maybe scouts in general will call for a vote... no term length limits on the low end or high, and no specific schedule for voting. As far as transitioning.... In business I've never know really anything more that what you've described as a hand-off. Usually not even that much.... the new leader comes into a vacated office and 'figures it out'. My tact is this...and this is what I did when transferring my treasurer job too... basically I think what you have done already.... have a short meeting to outline what you have been doing, your comments about any thoughts you have about what you would do differently, what really worked, etc... IN my case there was some software to "train and practice for a bit", so we had a month or so transition where I worked with them before they took the job...It's all about just telling them what I did....NOT what they are to do do. And then get out of the way and don't undermine, don't advise or jump in unless asked to, follow their lead the way THEY decide to do it etc... and I think, IMO taht any incoming person should work a short period of time...maybe a week, maybe a month, or whatever, depending on the job.... just doing things more or less the way they were done by the previous person. This is to better understand the why's, the players in regard to the role, and such...what I mean by that is this, for example you already know the scoutmaster BUT you don't know him from the perspective of the new job.
  12. 1 point
    FYI, Dog Scouts of America (DSA) already exists. DSA Mission & Vision To improve the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement. We envision a future where dogs remain in happy, lifelong homes with responsible owners. In this vision, all dogs are seen as a useful and welcome part of the community, because people take responsibility for socializing, training, containing, and caring for them. http://dogscouts.org/base/
  13. 1 point
    Interesting point, but I think you might have the order of things a little backward, families are weakening because of the failure of our communities (religious, neighborhood, civic, fraternal, labor, etc.). Strong communities support the family. I think there are several reasons for this (more demands on time: driving the kids everywhere, working longer hours, more scheduled activities, etc.), but we are much more fragmented then we used to be. Even the communities we belong too are more fragmented and dispersed. When was the last time you got together with most of your neighbors? Even the BSA changed this. It used to be you joined the local unit, your fellow scouts all lived in the same neighborhood, and probably went to the same school. Most of the scouts and parents already knew each other (met at the local block party or the neighborhood BBQ). There were some good reasons for this changed, but it had some negative side effects. I share your concerns about families in units. I worry it will make boy-led much more difficult.
  14. 1 point
    I’ve thought carefully about how I want to respond to this. I’m a single mother— I got divorced when my younger son was three months old. My boyfriend lives with us now, and has for nearly a year. My boys rarely see their father— he lives several states away. I never felt like our family was inferior, nor do I feel that way now. I did, however, have many resources at my disposal that many single parents do not have— I’m well-educated, able to support us on one job, was able to afford high-quality daycare when my kids were younger. I’m confident in my parenting. I have a close circle of friends who I am able to reach out to for both emotional and logistical support when needed. When my boyfriend moved in, my boys and I all grieved the loss of our “trio”. We are very close, and, while I would never say one family is better than another, I do believe the closeness that comes in a single parent family is different. In a Boy Scout context, I’d say my sons are more likely to be comfortable and confident leading (and failing) because they have seen me figure things out. They understand that a failure doesn’t mean you give up, it means you make a better plan and try again. They’ve seen me learn to grill, struggle to keep up with laundry, worry about my job, return to school for a second Masters, etc. I think they see my vulnerabilities more than most children in two-parent homes do— there’s nowhere for me to hide, so to speak. And so they see what it means to share your vulnerabilities and weaknesses and still be loved, respected, and valued. As to the specifics of the Family Life merit badge— enh. My older son is the least motivated Scout (as measured by merit badges and advancement) EVER, and he has begun this badge. He did it in a small group. He said he excused himself to the restroom when they asked each kid to talk about the father’s role. He wasn’t particularly upset by it, but the last time he lived with his father, he was three. He just doesn’t have a lot of thoughts about it. If girls are going to do it, they should probably change it to father/mother. However, it’s not a bad thing for kids to think about. My boys are, realistically, going to be fathers, not mothers. I don’t want them to define that through negatives (“I won’t be like my dad”). I think the badge and the question pushes boys to think about it in a positive sense— what do I want to be like? How/why is that important? I think, if it is broadened to just parent, that specificity of thought is lost.
  15. 1 point
    No, no, no. I didn't mean to suggest that you change religions. I was suggesting that you might like to participate in your own church's scout unit.
  16. 1 point
    Maybe the BSA should get out of the family structure business. I just learn that 51 percent of children in our state (Oklahoma) are being raised by ltheir grand parents. FIFTY ONE PERCENT! I'm told drug addiction is the main cause and it is a huge rural problem, suggesting low income levels. Still, I work in a PHD rich department and I remember thinking 20 years that maybe education can be too much for some people because a 3rd of our department was raising their grand children. My faith teaches that family is the beginning of a moral righteous community. But, I'm seeing that confusing national cultural values can overwhelm the community, which can directly effects the dynamics of a weak family. We used to have pretty good debates on this forum. One of those debates was whether the only source of morality is god, or God in my case. National is struggling because they are finding themselves loosing god as the foothold of moral values, which is directly related to the family structure. Mention morality and family structure together in this forum and it brings out the worst in us. The American culture is becoming more anti religious (which naturally defaults to anti family in my opinion) and that challenges the BSA default fallback suggestion of "discuss this with your parents". Which parent! I had scouts with three step dads and moms. Over the years, Qwazse has posted his observations of the differences between American youth and European youth. I paid attention because I was curious of why youth in Europe are more mature. We just got back from a 3 week trip in Italy and Qwazse was on the mark. The big difference we saw is that the family structure is still very strong. The community is a reflection of the family, not the other way around. My wife and I have noticed lately in our local restaurants that it's common to see each family member at a restaurant quietly focused on their cell phones. We didn't see any of that in Europe. I know that is a little think, but it sure stuck out to us. Ironically, I believe building a unit of scouts worth multiple religions and multiple family structures was easier before becoming a family program because the scouts didn't really care about backgrounds all that much. Now that families are more in control (parents), units might become more inclusive. I'm can't say that is a good or bad thing. Seek out a unit that fits your style. But it will have it's challenges. Barry
  17. 1 point
    I think people get my point though. Sure the BSA has an oath and law. They are pretty generic statements. They define a code of conduct by which we expect scouts to live. The BSA gets itself dragged into these definitions of morality. But it should not and should make clear that it does not want to be. I'm a Catholic from New England that married a Protestant. We have a different set of morals from LDS members in the west. We have a different set of morals from Baptists in the South. 99% of the time we all agree. But, 1% we do not. Why should scouting get itself dragged into taking positions on the 1%? What good does that do for the movement? Better to say - "not my job". Take this discussion of family structure. Why on earth would the BSA want to get in the middle of that? The merit badge should talk about the role of parents and how they help the family. Getting dragged into whether it should say father, mother, two mothers, two fathers, single parent, whatever doesn't help the BSA at all. The expectation ought to be that the BSA finds generic language that permits you and your community to reinforce the morals that are appropriate there.
  18. 1 point
    On the contrary, I can understand @Chris1's concerns in light of my previous remark; I am happy to address it. I went through my Ordeal 21 years ago when I was 14. I didn't understand what I was getting into, I didn't understand the OA, and I didn't care much for it when I finished my youth Scouting career not much later. I knew it was a good organization that taught good things, but nobody ever taught me what the greater significance was, and I was never once afterwards invited to an OA event, told about an OA activity, nor informed about OA service projects. For all I knew, the Ordeal was the entirety of the Order. Two years ago I was thrown back into the world of Scouting when I was called on to serve as a Webelos Den Leader. I jumped in full throttle, and made it my mission to learn everything there was to know about the BSA and Scouting in general. This led me to rediscover the OA, and in my research, to realize what a large, important, and life-changing organization it could be in the lives of the boys under my care. I wanted the boys in my Pack to strive to live the ideals the OA espouses. I wanted the boys in our Troop to honor the OA and participate in its programs. And I wanted to advance my role by receiving my Brotherhood honor. Naturally, I knew I needed to earn it. I renewed my dues, became active in my local chapter, and started promoting the OA in our Troop. We hadn't had an election in over a decade. So it took a lot of work, a lot of influencing, and a lot of effort, but we have finally started having elections, our boys are starting to take an active role in our chapter, and this weekend, 20 years overdue, I am finally receiving my Brotherhood honor, and I will be proud to contribute all of my talents and energies to the Order for the next 18 months, before my Church moves on to a new program that will require me to shift my focus and energies. But I have given this years of thought, and I think it would be a profound personal loss if I didn't complete this part of my OA path by receiving my Brotherhood honor and ensuring that my boys devote 18 months of the finest service possible while we are still a part of this fine organization. I intend to "go out with a bang, not with a whimper," as the vogue LDS mantra seems to be lately. So upon deep and long reflection, I am deeply grateful that I will be able to achieve my Brotherhood honor and still have time to make a meaningful contribution before we move on to other things. I am sorry if my earlier post trivialized my perspective; I hope this helps clarify my point of view.
  19. 1 point
    During our last few trips, I have tried the following in Dutch Ovens: Meatloaf (my wife's secret recipe) Jambalaya Lasagna A Modified American Chop Suey (less sauce, more cheese) A breakfast casserole (eggs, ham, cheese, breadcrumbs) A simple cobbler/dump cake hybrid- pie filling, cake mix and a can of soda I have recipes to share if anyone is interested
  20. 1 point
    Well, I will be receiving my Brotherhood Honor this weekend. Looks like I will be getting it just in time too, before leaving Scouting. Just in time indeed.
  21. 1 point
    unfortunately our troop is not thrifty. It's easy for some people to spend money when it's not theirs. But I thought I'd post some of my ideas, maybe they will be helpful for someone. Our suburb community has a local facebook page. If your community has one, I suggest always asking for used donated supplies before spending any cash. This requires some planning because it won't be instant. But for example, if a cooler or a lantern is needed, just put a post on facebook asking if anyone has a dusty cooler sitting in their garage that hasn't been used in years. If you want help, you need the courage to ask for it. Make a wish list and post it. don't post each little item separately. Always respond and pick up items promptly even the things you don't really want if they come in a bundle. Have a photocopied thank you letter signed by everyone scouts and adults to give them when you pick up. Thanking someone is nice but it also builds community spirit towards the scouts. We have a lot of garage sales and thrift stores. I've gotten many used cub uniforms that way. Not very many boy scout items but sometimes. Some camping gear. I resisted buying two used mess kits tonight because we just didn't need them. I always wear a class b when at garage sales. Many times people will just give me things for the troop when they see the shirt or we'll start a conversation that leads to a good deal, etc.. Don't be picky. Does that 1970's external frame backpack hold the same amount as the fancy new internal pack? Who cares what it looks like if it functions. Is a generic item just as good as a name brand? Not always but many times it is. Just depends on how often it will be used and the cost of replacement. Name brand does not guarantee anything. craigslist will sometimes have a good deal by searching for words like tent or hiking but it's not very often around here. Store clearances. We have several Walmarts and Targets nearby. There is always a clearance season for these stores when they restock. Finding the deals is not easy but I have gotten $65 coleman stoves for $25 and nice coleman tents for 75% off and recently purchased several different coleman lanterns for 50% off. The nice sleeping pads for $10 a piece, I waited 10 minutes too long and someone else snatched all but the two in my cart. $20 fishing poles for $7. Try emailing or, even better, calling customer service for a company if you plan on making a large purchase. Explain its for the scouts. Eureka gives a great discount for troop tents if you call them. We buy several at a time. Don't be afraid to ask! Word of mouth. Send out an email to everyone in the pack or troop and explain what items are needed. Ask if something can be included in a CO newsletter. Any items donated will be less dues spent and more for the kids. So they need to network with their friends and families to see what they have in the attic or garage. What do the leaders, parents and parishioners do for a living? where do they work? even donated office supplies help offset some small costs. be creative and resourceful. I was in charge of the pack Halloween party one year and I wanted to make a few things but I had a tight budget. I used old scrap wood to make what I needed and it worked great and I got lots of compliments for something that cost me nothing except my time. There was a giant box of old kool aid packets in the pack closet that I would never let anyone drink because I don't know how old they are but they were great for tie dye t-shirts. camping? ask a local wilderness group if the scouts could camp for free or for an hour of community service picking up brush or something. We've got many hunting/fishing/shooting clubs in the area that own properties and they always have youth programs. Scouting has similar goals except for the hunting part. borrow from other places. maybe another pack or troop can loan out something with the understanding that it will be returned as is or replaced if damaged. Our troop neckerchiefs were discontinued so now we use a generic green clothe which is hemmed and a paracord woggle. I'm told its cheaper. It is definitely easy to replace either item. These are just a few ideas off the top of my head.
  22. 1 point
    big open field + tent city + few actual unit leaders + adolescent male and female "Arrow-people" mixing freely....
  23. 1 point
    From the Girls I know that got the Gold award and being part of that process, I hold that award higher than Eagle. The requirements are much more involved. I have seen many paper Eagles. Those Eagles are the one undermining the Eagle rank.
  24. 1 point
    Once upon a time, Sea Scout Ships and Explorer Posts cold hold OA elections. That ended sometime in the mid-late 1980s. So I am not to concerned about that. What concerns me is the Lenni lanape Lore as I have been told that chapters are to no longer do Arrow of Light and Cross Over ceremonies, nor are they to wear Native American regalia. I think the OA will lose alot as a result.
  25. -1 points
    Well, my son’s Troop (in a rural but very liberal state) already has mixed patrols. And....nothing. No membership,loss, nobody has complained. Son enjoys Scouts, is enthused, and the Troop is growing. It’s been great. They currently have six girls, out of a troop of thirty. I’d add that son has recruited two friends to join— in both cases, their parents expressed concern over the history of Scouts. Sat down with the Scout aster, talked about where the program is and is headed, and signed their sons up. As to what it looks like— I think normal. The Troop is transitioning to Scout-led, which has its hiccups. But the Scouts are learning and growing. They are proud of their accomplishments and motivated to continue. Adding girls has changed nothing, as far as I can see. It was interesting, a few of the leaders were talking about girls coming in, being better leaders/more mature, outshining the boys, being a distraction. One of them asked my son if he thought that would happen. He said “Well, it depends on the girl. Some will, some won’t”. I think that is the perspective of most kids. If the grownups can get out of the way, the kids can handle it fine. Just like camping, cooking, hiking—same principal applies. Let them lead.