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  1. 8 points
    (Long true story, stay to the end) Surreal lunch today for me. It brought bake memories that had slowly faded from my memory. In September of 2016, I was on a bike ride with my loving wife and a group of riders passed us. Moments later, there was an accident, a horrible accident. The rider in front had a blowout and crashed, next thing we see is a rider fly over the barrier on the bridge and fall 50 feet onto limestone. Most were in shock, and my co-worker got down to him to help him. I called 911, started directing traffic and someone called for someone who knew CPR. I raced down thinking the worst. (I was surprised I was the only one trained in CPR and First Aid) When I got down there, the rider was lying in a crumpled ball. Bones exposed through his skin, blood, helmet crushed, glasses crushed. He was alive somehow, in incredible pain and not making a lot of sense. My friend is holding him still and talking with him. He remains incredibly calm. It was horrible, he didn't need CPR but it was amazing he was still alive. How could this really be happening.....Paramedics finally show up after what felt like forever. I meet them at the top of the hill and help carry bags to the victim. The paramedic is shocked he is still alive (told the victim John later that he thought he was going to see a dead body). They take his BP and there is no BP. It is bad, really bad. Lung collapses and they re-inflate it as they carry him off. After what seems like forever the helicopter arrives and takes him away...... We think the worst. My co-worker checks in with him a few days later and he is living. No way he will ride again, no way he will never walk again..... Major head injuries, no clue what happened. Well, 2.5 years later, my co-worker and I have lunch with him today. John walks in and looks amazing. You would never know he was in an accident. He is fit, just ran 6 miles at a 9 minute pace. Hiked 56 miles in the Grand Canyon this last summer. Mentally sharp, just blows us away. He asks us to tell him what happened. We tell him and he is shocked to hear us tell him. He really has no idea what happened to him. We hear about his recovery and it is just inspiring. He shows us a picture of him standing with his xrays in front of him. His xrays look like the terminator. Rods and pins throughout his body (One rod in his femur from his knee to hip, ankle, wrists, hip, elbow). He fell so hard that it tore his aorta, so that had to be patched up as well. He tells us how this changed his life in such a positive way. He was not in a great place when the accident happened, recently divorced after 18 years. His son was 11(same age as my son) Separated from his kids, busy working a lot. He says it has changed his perspective on life. He appreciates everything everyone has done for him. He tells us you never know when it is your day. Live life to the fullest, enjoy time with your family. If I ever complain about something being hard, I have zero excuse. John's story is just amazing... wow. People live life for today, don't put off life until tomorrow. So when people ask me why I am so involved in his scouting experience and would camp in the snow or canoe 50+ miles, this is why.
  2. 3 points
    How many of you Scouts have a "Boss" ? Somebody who tells you what to do, when to do it, how to do it ? It starts just after you are born.... "BREATH ! NOW ! (whap !) " Your parents are your first bosses. Get dressed warm, put your shoes on the right and left foot. Do your homework, NOW.... did you take out the trash like I asked ? Make your bed.... Then you get your school teachers... Sit up, THERE... put your clay away so it will be there tomorrow... Line up for lunch time, hand in your essay. What book did you pick ? Choose a topic... wear the safety goggles... Maybe your church or temple faith leader? Turn to page … and read this... kneel now, bow now, raise our hands.... memorize.... Then you get a job, and get paid real money for following the boss's instructions.... AND THEN... maybe, just maybe, YOU get to be a Boss ! When am I EVER going to be able to do what I WANT to do? Yeah. lots of bosses, huh? Here's the deal: YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE BOSSES ! A really good boss does three things: He (or she !) knows what needs to be done to accomplish a job. If it's going to take more than one person to accomplish that job, the Boss gets to tell the others what needs to be done. Then, the good Boss not only tells folks WHAT to do, but HELPS the people to accomplish their part of the job: with tools, instruction, advice, space, time.... Sound familiar? You will ALWAYS have three Bosses in your life, no matter what. : Yourself, someone else, and God. Yourself: Yes, you can decide what to do, how to do it and with what. That makes you the Boss of yourself ! Someone else: Your spouse, your Scout Master, your Patrol Leader, the teacher, your Boss at the job (paycheck time!) , the Pastor or Imam or Rabbi, the policeman, your staff sergeant..... SOMEBODY ELSE will know what needs to be done and will need YOU to do it, nobody else. You. And the Ultimate Boss. God. We might call it your Conscience? That Still, Small Voice ? You can read thru your scripture, listen to famous and not so famous faith leaders, but eventually, you have to listen to that nagging reminder in the back of your mind of What Needs To Be Done and How it needs to get done. The Boss. You can fight it, or you can make it easy.... ""Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me."" See you on the trail.
  3. 2 points
    From him: I wouldn’t be here without all of you. Life is short and today is all that we have control over! I am glad you didn’t do chest compressions. 😂 I couldn’t control what happened to me, but I can change how I react. Your perspective and memories really help put together the accident. I’m glad someone saw me go over the bridge!!
  4. 2 points
    Folks are tripping over "qualified venturer", because nobody knows what that means anymore. We think it means qualified to work on Star, Life, Eagle, and Palms but that's not spelled out in https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/the-merit-badge-program/. How, pray tell, would internet advancement "know" that you can order an MB for one venturer, and not another? I mean, there's no business logic for a troop that keeps them from ordering MBs for a pre-1st class scout? Is there business logic to tell me who is a "qualified venturer." The whole MB thing was written back when nobody thought Venturers who weren't in a troop would care about them. We thought we could tell them, "Earn a bronze award, it's way more cool." That worked 0.1% of the time, thus the new ALPS program. Not sure how much better that's working. What if we're missing something? Maybe we've wrongly linked MB's with rank advancement. What if it's simply fun to earn an MB with another venturer? What if this bar of "qualified" is keeping someone from proposing an MB-related activity to his/her crew?
  5. 2 points
    God puts us where we are for a purpose.
  6. 1 point
    Since it is a survey by BSA National Office, can they save time by going ahead and publishing the results now? Would save a lot of time and money to go ahead and tell the minions in the trenches what they want us to know. Your example of the First Class First Year is spot on. The real challenge is that it is NOT rocket science to keep Scouts active. But to justify the headquarters jobs and spend the money, they've got to do something that appears helpful. The secret?? Have a FUN program. Go camping, Go outside, Go do stuff. Now the problem is how to get that implemented at every troop, many troops take themselves waaay to seriously, 75 page troop manuals, and basically make Scouting just more school. Scouts show up looking for fun, fire, and knives. They get cyber chip, comparing the cost of items at three locations, and having to explain utilities to their house. Not bad stuff, but not exactly fun, fire, and knives.
  7. 1 point
    You're a tougher man than me then. I tried to smoke a brisket once. It was hard to light and made me cough.
  8. 1 point
    No collection of Dutch oven camp recipes can ever be complete without at least several recipes for authentic Pan de Campo. What's that? You've never heard of Pan de Campo! Clearly you are not a real Texan. After all, in a rare showing of bipartisan unity, the Texas State Legislature passed a bill in 2005 naming Pan de Campo the "Official State Bread of Texas". Here's how to make it in a Dutch oven. INGREDIENTS 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup buttermilk (regular milk would work too) 1/4 cup cooking oil DIRECTIONS Prepare your coals and pre-heat your Dutch oven. Mix all dry ingredients. Mix in buttermilk and oil. Mix. Roll out dough in circle to fit your Dutch oven. Put in Dutch Oven and bake about 7 minutes. Rotate Dutch oven and bake 7 more minutes. Check for doneness. VARIATION Although Pan de Campo has always been made in a Dutch oven, the editors of Texas Monthly magazine figured that a lot of city folk in places like Houston or Dallas might be more comfortable with a GE oven than a Dutch oven, so they published a recipe that lends itself to modern kitchens. Such a thing is heresy, of course, so I won't repeat it, but if you want to see it for yourself, it's here: https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/recipe-for-pan-de-campo/
  9. 1 point
    I'm not sure that is the case. Most of the added processes I've observed over the years came from perfectionist. Their interpretation of the process is actually more work or grief for them (as well as the scout), but that's ok because it's being done the right way. To them, the more complicated process is actually more efficient because it tracks all the dotting of the "I"s and crossing of all the "T"s. It's really what National meant to say. Barry
  10. 1 point
    Had to re-read that recipe a couple times because it looked like they were using WAY too much flour etc. I was far into the directions before I saw that they were cooking in EIGHT Dutch ovens! Well, I guess that would be the way you do it if you're at the King Ranch...
  11. 1 point
    In Alabama we would call that one very big biscuit.
  12. 1 point
    LOL, but I can smoke a brisket like nobody's business
  13. 1 point
    Texan but never heard of Pan de Campo? Might have to take a corner off your "Texan Chip", haha!
  14. 1 point
    I think she's wearing the rank because she believes it is her current rank. She (and her unit) are of the belief that she is Life with Eagle application pending. It's not true, but it's what they are saying by going about things this way. What I don't get, then, is why it even matters to them if National were to approve of her early Eagle Rank award or not. They seem ok with just doing whatever they want, regardless of what is true. Why stop at Life? Just say you're an Eagle Scout then. It's not more less true than saying you're a Life Scout. If that's how she and her unit regard rank, I see no reason for them to even bother petitioning National to award her Eagle rank at all. Clearly they don't respect the process of confirming and awarding rank according to BSA policy. So say she's the first Eagle. With Palms. And Silver Buffalo. And whatever else they want to tack on there.
  15. 1 point
    I was part of a polled group when National was writing NYLT. Very little of the results I saw are in the course. I'm very skeptical because my observation is that National interprets data to fit in their predetermined plan instead of using it to question the present program. Take for example First Class in the First Year commitment. National found in their study that scouts who earn a first class rank in one year tend to stay in the troop for at least three years. So, they encouraged units to get scouts to first class in one year, even putting that promise in writing in all the Scout Handbooks. You can guess where that went. The program switched from one of adventure where scouts can also advance, to a program of advancement and, ... well keep advancing. One of the most common Wood Badge ticket items after that promised commitment was getting all new scouts to first class quickly. However, we found from research in our area that scouts who just stayed in the program at least one year, regardless of rank, likely stayed in the troop for at least 3 years. In fact, we found that if a scout was still active after their first summer camp, odds were they were committed for several years. We also found that the troops with higher numbers of scouts who stay in after a year had the more active fun outdoor programs. They were the better performing overall programs in our area. Scouts in those troops tended to advance to 1st Class within 14 months. Add one other statistic that the highest drop out rate in the BSA is the first year scouts. Hmmmm. So, how should a responsible district advise troops knowing all that data? By the way, when we looked at the numbers of first year drop out rates at a National level 20 years AFTER National instigated First Class in the First Year program along with Troop guides and age based patrols, we found that the first year drop out rates were the same. In fact, I was told that the rate was about the same since the 60s, although I have no idea where they got those results. That attacked the wrong part of the troop program, so they ended up with the same results. So, while I'm glad National is trying to use real time data to improve the program, they have never shown me that the data results preceeded the agenda. Yes, I know that my earned skepticism is a downer in this discussion, but consider it a warning for keeping an open mind. Of course National could surprise me. Barry
  16. 1 point
    People are over-analyzing this. IF the scout is going for the "Deutsch" strip, as I did, hand him something he has never seen before, such as a magazine, book or newspaper written in German and ask him to translate it. Do the requirement. Nothing more, nothing less.
  17. 1 point
    We'll that was a little weird to try an figure out! @Skye08, welcome to the forums. No two 8 year olds are the same. That said, smaller bodies are at more serious risk of hypothermia. If your daughter has not camped in these temps before, you're taking some chances. I would only visit camp for a couple of hours, then return and stay home with her, if I were you. It's really hard to make sure a child is safe when you are also helping keep track of other scouts.
  18. 1 point
    The requirements don't say what kind of unit a youth needs to be in or what kind of rank he/she needs to hold to earn a merit badge.
  19. 1 point
    I so disagree with this. If BSA wants to start a separate girls program, that doesn't both me at all. And that is what they say, but that is NOT what is being done. I am a mom of boys only, so I am sure that colors my view. The rights of boys are slowing being eroded. Boys are not allowed to have ANYTHING to themselves. Girls are allowed now in Boys Scouts, football, and baseball. But boys are expressly forbidden from volleyball, softball, Girl Scouts and Girls on the Run. I should be clear that my boys don't want to join any of the traditionally girls groups but the rights of boys are being taken away. At the same time, on the middle school playground, tween girls expect to be allowed to cut line and go first because "after all it IS ladies first." I am seriously rolling my eyes here. Obviously, this is not all the girls, but a select group that are being taught they are superior to boys. But why in the world are boys not allowed to have any sort of boys only organization. I am SO tired of seeing all the girl power stuff on social media, and now the BSA has joined the chant. Boys matter also and the BSA should be the first one to champion that.
  20. 1 point
    How do you get 14-15 year old boys to come up with new fun ideas? Good question. . . The answer, the scouter has got to be a scout and do some scouting. Grab some books about interesting placing near your location and go and scout them out. Look for odd and interesting places with a story, great places to hike to and camp at. Then when you are sitting around the campfire with the boys tell them some stories of your grand adventures, get them inspired with ideas of what is possible. . . I have seen this method work wonders. . . or Make a big list of possible things your troop could do and give it to your SPL and PLs have them research the list themselves tell them they can add to the list. They simply might not know what is out there that the troop can do and can not come up with any new ideas. They might have the idea in their heads that they can only do the thing that the troop has done in the past because that is what the adults want and they want to please the adults. The boys in our troop came up with the idea taking part in a "MUD RUN" this last week and that is something we have never done before, they came up with that idea all on their own and the adults welcomed it.
  21. 1 point
    I was a scout in the 1970's. I was in from age 11 to age 17 and I made First Class, I earned only merit badges that interested me. I was not at all worried about advancement, I was too busy having fun with my friends and going on adventure after adventure. Quitting never crossed my mind back then, scouting was too much fun to give up. Scouting changed my life and made me a leader, it happened naturally, without me even realizing it at the time. There was no EDGE method and exact methods of teaching. It was just a group of Boys making the adventure happen, our adventures that we picked and we shared leadership naturally. The eagles in your troop didn't quit, they stayed around, they were having fun. What happened? What is this Cyberchip thing? What does Cyberchip have to do with Scouting? It is nothing more than an extension of what is already taught in schools. What is with all this paperwork, powerpoint, flip charts, lectures? Did scouts turn into a school program? What happened to the merit badge system? How are scouts getting cooking merit badges without cooking? How are scouts getting welding merit badges for using a welder for no more than 5 seconds? And then not knowing what type of welder they were using let alone the first thing about welding. Why are there merit badge mills that will pass out 3 merit badges to anyone that sits through a weekend of lectures and does some paperwork. . . Advancement for advancements sake is boring, no wonder Boys are quitting and joining sports instead, at least they get to do something when they are part of sports. If it is all about advancement then when you are done advancing then you are done. Scouts need to be outside doing scouting things. Advancement and learning leadership should come naturally and joyfully as just part of the game of scouting.
  22. 1 point
    I agree with you that Scouts over 14 quit because programs can be boring – and Scouting is competing with other High School activities. If their friends quit – there is even less of a reason to stay with scouting. I would like to make 2 points: I don’t think that getting a new scout to 1st class in a year to 18 months is the principle purpose of scouting for this age group. I have always thought that the goal was for the scouts that are generally 14+ old to learn leadership by ensuring they train the younger scouts – and if the older scouts have developed an adequate training curriculum – the younger scouts should be able to reach 1st class within a year to 18 months. Just as they will need to do 10-15 years from now when they are leaders in the workplace, older scouts need to begin to learn how to work with different personality types, scouts that don’t show up regularly at meetings, and what it takes to motivate different individuals to succeed and “do their bestâ€. This is a lot of work for a 14-year old – and he may not view it as “funâ€. My son is 11 and in a Friendship patrol. At one of his first campouts with the troop, he asked his Guide if they were going to get their Totin’ Chip on this campout. The Guide said “Don’t worry – you will get that at Scout Camp this summerâ€. Older scouts should not abdicate their training responsibilities to summer camp – or they are not learning leadership. Scouting does a great job recognizing individuals that are being promoted – but may not do enough to recognized the older scouts that are doing the training. It’s hard work and they don’t feel that they are recognized for their service – other than wearing a PL or SPL patch on their shoulder. I have suggested to our scoutmaster that during the court of honor – he recognized the PL, SPL, and other youth leaders who worked to help the younger scouts achieve success in their advancement. Perhaps have the PL introduce the individual scouts in his patrol that are being promoted that evening. Second, the other way to help keep the older scouts engaged is by doing new activities – going on the same canoe trip on the same river each year can get very boring. I suspect that under the concept of “scout led troopâ€, some troop leaders let the youth leaders initiate all the planning of outdoor activities for the coming year. But is it reasonable to expect a 14-15 year old boys to come up with new fun ideas, contact outfitters, judge how easy/difficult the outing may be for scouts of various ages and skill levels, etc.? It is just too easy for scouts at the planning meeting to just do what they did last year. I am not advocating that adult leaders do all of this – but without fresh ideas and outings a program can become stale and older scouts will lose interest. Given technology – it would not be difficult for a District or Council web site to have a “Best Outings†link – where they post summaries and reviews of outings submitted by troop members in the District or Council. It could be a great resource page that the youth Scout Leaders in a troop could use to get new ideas for outdoor activities. My nephew recently made Eagle – and the older scouts in his troop call the Eagle Court of Honor the “Eagle Retirement Ceremonyâ€. That is most unfortunate. Troops across the country have difficulty retaining older scouts and keeping younger scouts interested. I think that forums like this can help generate new ideas to help scouting.